Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Wild Flowers

I found this exquisite flower growing by the wayside on one of my long walks. After a long search on the net and in books on wild flowers of India, I discovered that it is Nepeta hindostana.
This was another wild flower I found . It grows on a short tree, which is full of flowers in this season. I think it is Dalbergia lanceolaria.
Both these native flowers are beautiful, but nobody bothers about them. I hope some nurseryperson will start growing them commercially.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wild Flowers of Wayanad

Wayanad is a hilly , tropical district in Kerala, the southernmost state of India. The wild flowers you see there are different, although it is only 300 kilometres away. The pink flowers in the picture above were blooming everywhere in the roadside. They look like the Touch-me-Not Mimosa pudica, but they are a different mimosa. Their leaves are not sensitive to touch unlike the Touch-Me-Not.
These white flowers were also in profusion at the edges of the coffee gardens.

I saw these huge barleria flowers while going on a trek in the jungle. The flowers were a beautiful blue and as large as Morning Glory flowers. Since it was dark, I could not take a good picture. I could not get the seeds, as I was scared to go in the thick undergrowth in the dark.

The Butterfly Pea Clitoria is usually blue or white here. I found these lovely mauve flowers on a trek to lake Banasura.