"TAXONOMISTS GETTING EXTINCT AND SPECIES DATA DEFICIENT !!"
Pankaj Kumar Ph.D. (Orchidaceae)
Greater Kailash Sacred Landscape Project
Department of Habitat Ecology
Wildlife Institute of India
Post Box # 18
Dehradun - 248001, India
The flower bud is ampule-shaped and contains water. These buds are often used by children who play with its ability to squirt the water. The sap sometimes stains yellow on fingers and clothes. The open flowers are cup-shaped and holds rain and dew, making them attractive to many species of birds. In Neotropical gardens and parks, their nectar is popular with many hummingbirds, such as the Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis), the Black Jacobin (Florisuga fusca), or the Gilded Hummingbird (Hylocharis chrysura). The wood of the tree is soft and is used for nesting by many hole-building birds such as barbets.
Shantanu : )
Forwarding again for Id assistance please.
Some earlier relevant feedback:
“Not Senna or Cassia with bipinnately compound leaves.
“Yes, I agree with Ken. Bipinnate leaves rules out Senna. Is it
Paraserianthes lophantha or P. falcataria? Regards, Shrikant”
This is a tree planted by forest dept (about 50 individuals) on one of the hills in Pune. The id of this tree intrigued me for a long time till I saw it flowering.
Dr Vijayshankar then identified it as Caesalpinia spinosa. The info available on net is very intetesting.
I have been producing saplings of this unique tree to gift to tree lovers. Saplings planted by me have grown tall enough to start flowering.
Hi ShrikantThese leaflets remind me of Cassia siameaRegardsRadha
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