Thursday, November 9, 2017

Unknown wild flower

I came across tis wild flower in a friend's garden in the Western Ghats. It seems to be a cousin of Gloxinia. It might be a garden escape too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jungle Plantain

 Ensete superbum  is known as Kadu bale in Kannada and Kallvalai in Tamil. It grows in arid, unfertile regions of the Western Ghats. The fruit are not edible as they have numerous black seeds, hard as small pebbles.
 The Jungle plantain is sometimes grown as an ornamental in some gardens. It is supposed to have medicinal qualities.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Mangroves of Sundarban

 Flower of the mangrove tree Bruguiera.
Sundarban area is a large wetland area in West Bengal in India and Bangladesh. this area has been created by the tidal activities in the river systems comprising of Bidyadhari, Piali and Malta., as well as the Ganga- Brahmaputra delta.  Sundarban is named after the Sundari tree , a mangrove tree, which is found everywhere here. The people of Sundarbans are mostly muslims and Hindus, and they speak Bengali.
Wild boars, deer and monitor lizards are to be seen everywhere. The most famous denizen of the Sundarbans is the royal bengal tiger. This large carnivore is also a maneater.
One travels by boat from one island to another in this area.