I have seen the Flame of the Forest ,( do check out previous Blogs Titled FLAME OF THE FOREST and AFRICAN FLAME OF THE FOREST to see and know more) and a look alike the Indian Coral Tree ( Scientific Name Erythrina variegata) , setting Forests on Fire with their Bright Colourful Flowers.
However these amazingly Flamboyant Flowers simply took my breath away, they are simply on another spellbinding level.
This lovely Brazilian Coral Tree was photographed at the amazing Ecofriendly Vishranti Resort tucked away in the fertile Doon Valley,Uttrakhand, India.
I have never seen such amazing Coral flowers . Forests in Brazil ( country of Origin) must be awash with these beauties.
The Erythrina crista-galli ( Scientific name is known by numerous names like the Fireman’s Cap Tree, Cock’s Comb Coral tree and Cry Baby Tree. I leave it your imagination and the pictures below to imagine why?
New Green Leaves and nascent buds have a brush of Coral hinting at the Splendour to follow.
The Green Buds convert to these lovely Coral Parrot Beak like Mature Buds grouped together in clusters, each held on coloured gentle stems ( called petioles) .
The Buds are very similar to other Flowers of the Genus Erythrina. Do have a look at the Posts mentioned before.
The Cockspur Coral Tree adorns probably one of the most striking of all blossoms in the Genus Erythrina. This rarely seen import from Brazil is seldom seen in India.
It belongs to the Pea or Legume Family , Fabaceae and is a fixer of Nitrogen in the soil as well.
I try to identify and post the family as it plays a critical part in identifying the Species
Is it a wonder that these beautiful Blossoms are the National Flowers of both Argentina and Uruguay.
Stunned by these Flaming Blossoms from Brazil ?
I was Enchanted to learn that The Indian Coral tree and The Brazilian Coral tree had so much in common and even belonged to the same Genus and family.
It is virtually impossible to miss these Magnificent and Large Trumpet Like Flowers in the Rain fed areas of the Lower Himalayas from Uttrakhand till Sikkim , India.
A Large Woody Shrub covered with Large Pendulous Blooms in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India compelled me to stop the car to have a closer look.
They were called “Dhatura” by a Local Gardener and that gave me the first clue to research the name of these beautiful Golden Blossoms.
“Dhatura” is steeped in Hindu Mythology as a source of Narcotic Drugs associated with Lord Shiva.
However ,the characteristic Drooping Blossoms in fact revealed them to be Angel’s Trumpets ( English), Brugmansia suaveolens( Scientific name) a confusing close relative of the Genus Datura but not quite the same. Both belong to the Nightshade family Solanaceae and thus rich sources of poisonous alkaloids.
The Angel’s Trumpets can be seen in various colours like White and Pink as well.
Their Seed Pods are long resembling a Lady Finger unlike the seed pod of the infamous Datura which has spiny oval pods . While the Flowers are very similar on first glance, those of the Datura look up like vases and are called Devil’s Trumpet.
Brazil is the origin of the Angel’s Trumpets, but they are now Naturalized and fairly widespread in India.
These lovely enchanting blossoms carry toxic alkaloids which create hallucinations and other ailments and all parts of the plant are poisonous.
The Floral Twirls make my head a bit dizzy just by looking or is it just my hyperactive imagination at play ?
Inside the Trumpet
Is it not Enchanting to know that the Angel’s Trumpet and Devil’s Trumpet belong to the same family ?