TRUMPET FLOWERS

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.

yellow trumpet flowers and a bee
Yellow trumpets have a visitor

 

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.

hidden bee
Swallowing the entire  Bee

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 bee

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 fruits

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.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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