These are just some of the wild ephimerals blooming on Pune Tekdis with the onset of the monsoon. They are barely the size of a thumb nail and yet are most eye catching! As the monsoon advances, other species will bloom.
Todays plant is a massive woody liana (creeper) whose trunk can compete with that of any tree. Yes, I am referring to the Bauhinia vahlii of the Caesalpiniaceae family. Though it belongs to the foothills of the Himalayas there are two of them growing quite happily in Pune.
I had a different tree in mind for todays post but I just read Parul’s TTL 132 post and decided to share some plants from my home balcony garden.
To be more specific, three plants that are so called ‘cousins’.
They belong to the same Genus of Malpighia but the specific epithet is different. Hence they are different species. I am growing them to be Bonsai and they do grow as trees in Nature.
They all belong to the family Malpighiaceae and you can see the distinct flower similarity. The frilly flowers are very pretty but not fragrant. The three plants I am sharing all have simple opposite leaves.
As the mango season ends, its time for yet another fruit to capture our food senses! The Jamun or Syzygium cumini of the Myrtaceae family is available in plenty in June-July as the Alphonso harvest comes to an end.
The tree has just finished flowering and that is how it finds a place in my TTL post. The unique flowers are hidden among the glossy green leaves.
The fruit is delicate and crushes easily. Monsoon showers bring down some fruit that then colours it purple. Expert tree climbers are required to pluck the fruit from the trees. The fruit has a sharp taste and stains the mouth when eaten. It will also stain clothes if one is clumsy when eating!
Jamun is not among my favourite fruit but those who do like it are its dedicated fans!
Have you seen the Jamun tree? Do you like Jamuns?
I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove blog hop. Do head over for some wonderful trees from around the world. Better still, join in!
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