Tuesday Trees 18T

As I was slowly passing early one morning I looked down and saw the footpath strewn with these beautiful deep red flowers. The first thought that crossed my mind was another picture I had clicked a few months ago on another walk on a footpath in a different city, and during fall!
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These red flowers seemed to represent the Indian Summers

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The entire footpath seemed to be lined with these trees. No wonder, the flowers had fallen all over, a few spilled on to the road while the rest stayed on the footpath.

I had to know the name. Google brought back results of different kinds of red flowers but none of them matched this one I saw on the road. After red flowers, I searched for diya shaped flowers but received results of diwali decorative diyas!!🤔🙄 I was about to abandon the search, when a link to flickr came up. It had an image of a sacred African tree, Kigelia Africana. The fruit resembled the one I saw on its tree. Of course, they resembled enormous sausages 😂, no wonder the tree is called commonly as the Sausage Tree 😃 and no wonder I did not get any result for gourds growing on trees 😛

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I was ecstatic that I had found the name of the tree. The morning misson was complete. Google says, this flower blooms only at night, has a pungent smell which in turn attracts bats who help in their pollination. The tree and its fruit are sacred to African traditional beliefs. There is a cautionary warning not to eat its fruits and flowers. However, they are used in a variety of skin care products.

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Tuesday Trees then .. 🙂 linking to ABC Wednesday 18T

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An Aquarius Woman

14 thoughts on “Tuesday Trees 18T”

  1. How interesting,
    Although the thought of bats hanging out in those tree would surely
    spook me, I do admire you for your tenacity..Well done.
    Best Wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team..

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