As I traverse the wonderful Southern Indian  State of Kerala am overwhelmed by the diversity and magnificence of the Flora that abounds during the Monsoons.

The “Krishna Kireedam” is an apt local  name in Tamil and Malayalam for this Wonderful Inflorescence.

It literally means the Crown of the God, “Krishna”.

the plant
Floral Crowns with large Green Leaves

The Pagoda Flower ( English) , Clerodenton paniculatum ( Scientific name)  is a mid sized Shrub which belongs to the verbena family, Verbenaceae.

I saw it growing Wild  along highways through out Southern Kerala.

the crown
The Pyramid of Flowers

While they are pretty individually, they are collectively Magnificent and difficult to miss.

I am now informed the plant has numerous  medicinal uses across South east Asia .


the flowers
White and Orange Splendour

If you ever visit Southern India, do have a look within  ancient Hindu temples and observe the crowns of the deities. You will see an Enchanting and uncanny resemblance to the Lord’s Crown  in the pictures above.




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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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