Old Teak Tree from muthodi forest

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raghu ananth

Jan 17, 2008, 11:40:30 AM1/17/08
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We visited Muthodi forest in chikkamagalur, Western ghats which has a magnificient 300 years old Teak tree. With a girth of above 5 meters it is considered to be the oldest in Karnataka. It took four of us hand in hand to embrace the tree.
This giant tree still remains untouched except  the fact that elephants, have torn apart a little portion of the protective covering of the woody stem.We saw few leaves being shed on the ground, may be its time the leaves start falling - nevertheless the tree looked profused  green and splendid in the early mornings. 
Tectona grandis
Local name:  Saguvani, Thega
Fam: Verbanaceae
Date: 25th Dec 2007

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randhir mishra

Jan 17, 2008, 1:51:34 PM1/17/08
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Taken in Lonavala…


Appreciate the help.






Akramul Hoque

Jan 17, 2008, 7:26:15 PM1/17/08
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It is Passiflora indica (passifloraceae)

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J.M. Garg

Jan 17, 2008, 10:14:01 PM1/17/08
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Lovely shot, Raghu.
Here a Wikipedia link for details about this tree:

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J.M. Garg

Jan 17, 2008, 10:14:48 PM1/17/08
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Thanks, Akramul ji for Id. Here is some interesting inf. about Passion Flower (common name for this Genus Passiflora):
Passion flower (Passiflora; syn. Disemma Labill. ) is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants in the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous. For information about the fruit of the passiflora plant, see passionfruit.
"Passion" does not refer to love, but to the Passion of Christ on the cross. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries discovered this flower and adopted its unique physical structures as symbols of Crucifixion. For example: the radial filaments which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower represent the Crown of Thorns. The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles. The top 3 stigmata represent the 3 nails and the lower 5 anthers represent the 5 wounds. The flower has been given names related to this symbolism throughout Europe since that time.

Most decorative passifloras have a unique flower structure, which requires a large bee to effectively pollinate (see photos below). In the American tropics, wooden beams are mounted very near passionfruit plantings to encourage Carpenter bees to nest. At the same time, the size and structure of flowers of different species of passiflora vary. Some species can be pollinated by hummingbirds and bumble bees, others by wasps, still others are self-pollinating. Passiflora species are used as food plants by the larva of the moth, Cibyra serta and many Heliconiinae (longwing butterflies). Notable among the latter are species like the Melpomene, Sara, and Rosina longwings.

The bracts of Passiflora foetida are covered by hairs which exude a sticky fluid. Many insects get stuck to this. Studies have suggested that this may be an adaptation similar to that seen in carnivorous plants.

During Victorian times the flower (which in all but a few species lasts only one day) was very popular and many hybrids were created using P. caerulea and P. alata and other tropical species.
The above inf. taken from Wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora

Chitra Shanker

Jan 18, 2008, 12:19:27 AM1/18/08
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In HIndi it is called as rakhi ka phool or pandavas and kouravas coz of the pentafid pistil and numerous purple stamens


sachin pandhare

Jan 18, 2008, 12:22:44 AM1/18/08
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Passion Flower:
In marathi it is called  "Krishna Kamal"


randhir mishra

Jan 18, 2008, 2:15:06 PM1/18/08
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Thanks a lot!

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randhir mishra

Jan 26, 2008, 10:48:13 PM1/26/08
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Another color, Belongs to the same family. ?


It’s so amazing how I was ignorant of something so beautiful and common…


Is there a Hindi name for this one too?


Thanks for the help.


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scarlet passion flower.JPG

Pankaj Oudhia

Jan 27, 2008, 2:08:13 AM1/27/08
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In Hindi it is known as Kaurav-Pandav. And in Chhattisgarh, Rakhi Phool. Kaurav-Pandav are characters of Mahabharat. That is why many natives avoid it in home as they believe that it will create Mahabharat among family members. :)  

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JM Garg

May 16, 2020, 4:04:09 AM5/16/20
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I think it may be Passiflora edulis Sims as per details herein and as per comparative images at Passiflora 
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