Spicy (ThursdayTreeLove)

Todays tree has a small back story.. rather how I came to spot it.

I was sent an image of a tree in bloom requesting its ID. I, in turn shared it with some other tree lovers and it was thought to be the Dalchini tree. Someone shared the spot where it grows and very soon, one thing led to another, and a small group of us ended up going tree hunting.

It wasn’t really a hunt actually, since we knew its location but we did end up seeing a whole lot of other wonderful trees enroute. The Beggars Bowl that I shared earlier was from that same outing.

So here it is.

It looked glorious and was covered with lovely tiny yellow/white flowers. The entire area was filled with a distinct cinnamon fragrance. Cinnamomum verum belongs to the Lauraceae family and is native to India.

This is an evergreen species, not very tall and grows mainly in South India and Sri Lanka. Its distinctive leaves have three veins.

Though a native species, Pune is not its favourite geographical area but as I said, the city has many enthusiastic home gardeners who have gathered plants from far and wide and nurtured them. This is a treat for tree lovers and botany students.

Have you got a group tree lovers in your city? Do you go on tree walks – before the pandemic struck? Such groups are a great way to nurture our hobby, learn details about trees and when they flower/fruit in the area.

I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove blog hop. Do head over to see some fantastic trees from around the world. Better still, join in!

13 Replies to “Spicy (ThursdayTreeLove)”

  1. Wow loved all the pictures, thanks for sharing so much information. I am not aware of groups for trees. But I know there are groups for heritage walks in our city.. Maharashtra was badly affected, two of my cousin brothers in Pune died last month, one had covid, recovered and died, another with massive heart attack. Hope all well, stay safe and healthy.

    1. Thanks Angela! Pune also has heritage walks ..rather before the pandemic. Yes our state has been badly affected. Praying that everything settles soon.

  2. This is fantastic. I wish I could transport there and sniff those flowers! Aaaaah. Having said that, I am actually sensitive (not allergic but I will react to it in a skin scratch allergy test) to cinnamon and have to watch how much I use for flavoring.

  3. What a lovely one and the story made me happy. I go on my tree walks alone and talk to my husband about things i know or we talk of stories. I would love to meet you one day and talk a walk to ID trees, Archana.
    So glad you shared the story and the tree shots. Thank you! See you tomorrow

    1. My husband too comes along with me to ‘see’ trees ! It would be lovely to go on a tree walk with you! Thanks for hosting TTL!! 🙏🏻

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