The cannonball tree

I found this very unusual tree while on a recent trip to Mumbai and took a picture, not knowing what it is. A couple of days ago, however, I got the answer through a blog I follow. The blogger, also from the city, identified it as the Cannonball Tree with lovely pink, orange and white flowers.
I have never seen this before; rather, have not even heard of it. At first glance, it looked like something I’ve only seen in National Geographic documentaries, straight out of the Amazon rain forest. I was taken aback at finding something that looks so weird right in the heart of the metropolis.
Well, nature has its ways and this was one such experience. On second thoughts, I wish I had taken a few close-up shots of the flowers as well.
Next time, perhaps!
Details on the cannonball tree can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couroupita_guianensis

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. thatmishmash says:

    We do have a few treasures in the city ๐Ÿ™‚ I found the state flower of Maharashtra on Tulsi Pipeline road Mahim. I didn’t even know the significance then. Gems in the most unexpected places.

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    1. The whole of India is a treasure-trove, indeed! If only we look and take the time off to do it!

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