These magnificent Golden Yellow blossoms at the Diggi Palace, Jaipur are a major attraction for Indian Honey Bees ( Scientific Name Apis cerana indica)
The Yellow Trumpet ( English) , Piliya ( Hindi) ,Tecoma Stans ( Scientific Name) is an over active tree as far as blossoms are concerned. The entire tree is literally cloaked in a robe of Yellow earning it the Hindi name Pilliya ( which translated simply means Yellow) .
These gorgeous flowers are honoured as they are the official Floral Emblem of the Bahamas .
Do observe the large inviting mouth of the flower serves as a very effective landing pad for Indian Honey Bees.
The Pilliya was Introduced into India from the Americas and they seem to flourish in the warmth of the country.
The flowers have the undivided attention of the Indian Honey Bees and swallow them entirely as they literally go into the “Yellow Trumpets”.
All you can see is the sharp pointed Sting of the Bee ( centre bottom) in one of the flowers in the Yellow Star Burst below.
The long tubular flowers are a storehouse of nectar which tempts their pollinators the Indian Honey Bee or Asian Honey Bee to enter the tube or neck of the flower.
The Yellow Trumpet flower, Tecoma stans belongs to the Jacaranda Family Begoniaceae.
The unique characteristic of the family are the tubular flowers and the “Bean like Fruits” turning Dark Brown like wood. Can you imagine it belongs to the same family as the Lavender coloured Jacaranda which is also a prolific flowering tree during the Summers in New Delhi.
Top view of the Glistening Wings and the Buds
The Yellow trumpet flowers are also called Yellow Bells as the heavy inflorescence compels the branches to droop with their weight.
Successful pollination results in the fruits being formed which resemble long and slender beans. This particular tree with the fruits was relatively large at 7 m or 21 feet.
The species with the fruits looks like ( am not certain ) another sub species Tecoma stans angustata . The leaves are narrow and slender compared to the leaves in the picture above and this is the key distinguishing factor of the sub species.
The fruits are supposed to be hanging but “WordPress” likes to turn around the pictures.
The Green Bean like fruits
I hope the story, poetry and romance of the bees and flowers entertains the gallery besides keeping them informed of the Enchanting Forests that encompass us.