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 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.
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 .
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.