Here is the first information on flowering of trees.
Butea monosperma (Flame of the Forest) is one of
dominant plant species of Southern belt of Rajasthan
(which includes Udaipur region comprising six
districts along with one district from Jodhpur
Division, i.e. Sirohi).
Usually we use to see good flowering phase in the
later half of February. But surprisingly, this year we
found that Butea sp. in whole of the forest area (on
the sides of NH 76 between Udaipur to Pindwara) is
flowering at their full galore in January (started
from first week). Is it not too early?
We discussed the matter with the localites who are
mainly tribals (Garasiyas) as this belt is tribal
belt, they showed their fear that we might be not
getting the flowers at the time of Holi (they use
natural dyes of this flower for playing Holi) in March
if the flowers will fall early.
What's the cause? Is the construction phase which is
going on their since 2005 is one of the cause? Our
group RSNH already showed their concerned over the
change in the water flow pattern in these areas.
If any one has comment or would like to give
scientific research references for this proving this
phenomenon as quite common let us know. We shall feel
highly gratful for those in advance.
Rajputana Society of Natural History (RSNH),
Mo 0 98291 44163 / 09 4141 65690
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Meanwhile, sending of information should not stop.
Before that I request group members to write
"Flowering of (species name) at (site/place name)" inb
the subject line instead of vague words or simply
reply to earlier mails.
Further, I have one suggestion: We should set a
proforma to collect the information.
Format should contains info on:
1. Names: scientific, Hindi, English, local (regional)
2. Flowering information through observation
3. Flowering information through scientific references
(if available with sender then it's good otherwise
other group memeber &/or compiler). In case compiler
finds difficulty then he/she will take help of group.
4. Other information of species such as:
Economic value in terms of local use alonbg with its
usable parts; medicinal value; other ethnic
importance; any local myths with the species; so on.
5. Scientific Refrences on the species
Once format is set then I think it will be easy for
any one to compile and as suggested monthly or
quarterly compiled information could be circulated.
Whatever gaps are there, members will cooperate.
We are ready from our side.
Very soon I will send our volunteers name. Meanwhile I
am collecting the information. But would not be able
to compile for two months due to our running
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Posting pictures is a very good idea particularly for members like me who are not much conversant with even common trees and their flowers. That way even members like me can contribute.
On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 JM.Garg wrote :
>That's wonderful, Satya ji.
>But I think let's limit our observations to say 10 to 15 prominant trees
>with wide geographical distribution in India, perticularly Metropolitan
>cities (as large members are from these cities). As soon as these trees are
>selected, we may circulate the pictures of these so that everybody is aware
>of these trees (as there are lot of members, who may not be well-conversant
>I would suggest the following trees (there flowers are quite prominant & I
>have got pictures which can be circulated quickly) from my side as all
>are seen in Kolkata. However, some of them which are not widespread & common
>may be deleted or some new may be added, to keep the shortlist to say 15.
>All these trees have been posted & discussed in Indiantreepix:
>African Tulip Tree (*Spathodea campanulata*)
>Amaltas/ Indian Laburnum (*Cassia fistula*)
>Arjun (*Terminalia arjuna*)
>Babool (*Acacia nilotica*)
>Caribean Trumpet Tree (*Tabebuia aurea*)
>Chalta (*Dillenia indica*)
>Chinese Fan Palm (*Livistona chinensis*)
>Copperpod (*Peltophorum pterocarpum*)
>Earpod Wattle (*Acacia auriculiformis*)
>Gulmohur (*Delonix regia*)
>Gamhar or Kashmir Teak (*Gmelina arborea*)
>Indian Coral Tree (*Erythrina variegata*)
>Indian Tulip tree (*Thespesia populnea*)
>Harshingar or Parijat (*Nyctanthes arbor-tristis*)
>Jarul (*Lagerstroemia speciosa*)
>Jungle Jalebi (*Pithecellobium dulce*)
>Kadamb (*Neolamarckia cadamba*)
>Kaniar (*Bauhinia purpurea*)
>Kapok (*Ceiba pentandra*)
>Kassod (*Senna siamea*)
>Putranjiva (*Drypetes roxburghii*)
>Sausage Tree (*Kigelia africana*)
>Siris (*Albizia lebbeck*)
>Teak or Sagwan (*Tectona grandis*)
>White Frangipani (*Plumeria obtusa*)
> > Thanks
> > Wishes
> > Sarita Mehra
> > Secretary,
> > Rajputana Society of Natural History (RSNH),
> > Udaipur
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