There is a small tree just beside my house. Its really attractive in full bloom in the summer months. The leaves are greyish green with conspicuous wavy margins. The tree seems to be burning on sunny days, and its beauty increases during sunset. At first i couldnot identify the tree, then after going through some books, i came to know that its called a Lahura tree. The other popular name is the wavy-leafed Tocoma.
The scientific name of the tree is Tecoma undulata.
Tecoma is derived from a Mexican name of the plant and undulata is after the wavy surface of the leaves.It belongs to the family : Bignoniaceae.
Its basically a tree of the arid regions and is common in the desrt areas of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. The flowers are large, tubular and bright yellow in color. Bunches of 5 to 10 are borne at the end of branch.
Fruit is slightly curved, 8 inches long and seeds are narrowly winged.
It is extensively planted as a roadside or avenue tree in many cities.
It is useful for afforestation purpose and landscaping of dry tracts.
The tree can be easily propagated from seed or cutting, and flourishes in dry regions where proper irrigation is not available.
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