Brush (ThursdayTreeLove)

A visit to the Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden in Kolkata was at the end of our trip to the Sunderbans. It was a botanically wondrous trip to say the least! The Garden itself is huge and home to unique trees like the famous Banyan

Here is another tree that I met for the first and only time! A beautiful red brush like structure beckoned me from a distance and located as it was amid leaves had me immediately thinking of the Shaving Brush tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum) which does grow in Pune. However when I went closer, the tree looked different especially its leaves. It was end of January and the digitate glossy green leaves suggested a different ID. 

Seen from afar

Luckily for me, the placard saved me the trouble and I could freely admire the Pachira aquatica without any stress of identification. It belongs to the Bombacaceae family just like the Shaving Brush Tree which explained the similarity in the flowers. Also known as Malabar Chestnut tree it is an introduced species in India. I loved its flowers which are nothing like those used for table decorations or bouquets. 

Flower and Fruit

Have you seen this wonderful tree? When in Kolkata please do make time for the botanical garden! 
I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove Blog hop. Do head over to see some wonderful trees from around the world. Better still, join in!

Tree Trunk

20 Replies to “Brush (ThursdayTreeLove)”

    1. @Pradeep You must visit this garden whenever you are in Kolkata! Really wonderful old trees. And simply walking there is a great experience! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  1. Archana, this is a new layout of the blog and I like the sharing buttons and the new look. Minimalist and neat.

    The tree is beautiful. I haven’t been to Kolkatta but I do think I have seen the tree. Or like you said it’s resemblance to bottle brush makes me think so. Thanks for joining. I hope to see you back tomorrow.

    1. Thank you so much Parul! Credit for the new look blog goes to my son-in-law! Glad you liked this tree! Happy to participate in TTL! 🙂

  2. Oh this looks really nice- love the flowers. Very unique and different. I haven’t spotted this tree but there have been some others which are similar in flowers to this one.

  3. This reminds me of the Sickle Bush tree which has a similar kind flower. This blooms in monsoon season here in Aravali hills. I have never heard or seen this flower before.

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