WATERWISE FIRECRACKERS

“Some dropping low their crimson bells,
Half closed, and others studded wide with disks and tears”  Tennyson

The Corinithians Resort & Club , Pune, Maharashtra is an expansive  property spread over hillocks at the edge of the Historical and Culturally Rich City of Pune in Western India.

It was here that I was mesmerized by bushels of Ivory -White tubular flowers that cascaded over near-leafless Stems.

streaks-of-red
Streaks of Red

The Rasili ( Hindi) , Firecracker or Coral Plant  or Fountain Bush ( English), Russelia equisetiformis ( Scientific name)  as the  common names suggest as well is  however a Shrub bearing an explosion of Red Flowers.

But I was in for a surprise as here I was seeing a clone of the Firecracker Plant bearing Ivory White Flowers. I had seen them in Red but seeing them in Off white or Ecru was indeed a Wonderful Surprise.

Have a look at the picture below to compare the flowers of the same species but with flowers in different colours.

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The Clone and the Original

The Original has left a streak of Red in the Cultivated Clones in the cascading Fountain of Flowers that literally flow onto one another.

These lovely Tresses of Blooms originally come all the way from Guatemala in the Americas not only look beautiful  but are “WATERWISE” as well.

The characteristic of near- invisible leaves probably assists in conserving water, now a precious resource.

the-fountain
Fountain Bush

Certain compounds called Lupeol have been extracted from this profusely flowering but Waterwise  Bush which works as a natural Cure for Malaria and has anti inflammatory properties ( thus helps people suffering from arthritis)  as well.

An Enchanting and Wise Firecracker of a Plant, do you not  agree  ?

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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.

37 thoughts on “WATERWISE FIRECRACKERS”

  1. Beautiful flower! but I was interested also in lupeol…I looked it up, yet another phytochemical with anecdotal anti-cancer property as well as the antimalarial that you mention, Mukul. I use concentrated extract of humble Artemesia annua for my antimalarial as I find prescribed antimalarials to have unpleasant side effects. kindest, Tony

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    1. Thank you Tony. Am so interested to read what you mention. Malaria is a scourge in many parts of the world including the Indian sub continent and a return to herbal solutions maybe a good way out.

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  2. WOW! How beautiful they are, fascinated me. Thank you dear Mukul. Last night I heard the elephants in India, died because of electric cables… Made me so sad and I watched the people, covered them with flowers. Love, nia

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  3. Fantastic flowers in many ways, Mukul. I really like the original red ones, but the white are beautiful too, and fun to see the hybridized accidental white with red stripe. I have never seen this flower anywhere.

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  4. The flower and it’s greenery are both lovely and I thank you for sharing this beautiful plant with us. Wish I could grow it here in Virginia, USA, will investigate! The anti-inflammatory aspects are intriguing.

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