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Padmanabhan Geetha

Nov 16, 2008, 1:10:07 AM11/16/08
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Dear all
Taken at Coimbatore,  cultivated in campus.
The first two images are the leaves and flowers of the same plant.More than 5 ft tall this is not a tree, for want of a better description i shall call it shrub.

The red coloured flowers are from a small bush and  bees love this flower. They are all over them as early as 6 am in the morning.

thanks in advance

IHSplant 2 -leaves.jpg
IHSplant 2for id.jpg
IHS flower for id.jpg

J.M. Garg

Nov 16, 2008, 7:11:25 AM11/16/08
to Padmanabhan Geetha,
Hi, Geetha ji,
First plant has been discussed earlier on this forum, but unable to recall now.
Last one is a shrub called Hamelia patens (syn. H. erecta, H. nodosa)- Firebush, hummingbird bush, scarlet bush or "redhead". I have seen Sunbirds loving it like anything for nectar in Kolkata. 

Some extracts from Wikipedia link:

It has orangish-red tubular flowers, which recruit hummingbirds and butterflies for pollination[2]. Their corolla varies much in length, making it attractive to a wide range of pollinators[3]. The fruit is a small dark red berry[verification needed].

Despite its somewhat scraggy appearance, this is a valuable garden tree in warmer climates and even in temperate ones, as long as the soil remains above freezing[2].

Hummingbirds attracted by its flowers and other birds feeding on the fruit, which will also forage on small insects found in the vicinity, helping to keep down pests. The fruit have a refreshing, acidic taste and besides being much liked by some birds, they are also edible for humans; in Mexico, they are made into a fermented drink.

For learning about our trees & plants, please visit/ join Google e-group (Indiantreepix)

Kenneth Greby

Nov 16, 2008, 8:29:21 AM11/16/08
to wildflowerindia,, Padmanabhan Geetha

 The first one (white flowers) is Plumeria pudica (Apocyanaceae), commonly called Bridal Bouquet, native to Colombia and Venezuela.

 The second one is Hamelia patens (Rubiaceae), commonly called Firebush, native to South Florida, USA and into the Caribbean.

Ken Greby
Palmetto Bay, Florida USA

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J.M. Garg

Nov 16, 2008, 8:40:15 AM11/16/08
to,, Padmanabhan Geetha
Thanks, Ken ji.
From Indiantreepix Database:

Swaminathan, Prakash

Nov 17, 2008, 12:31:03 AM11/17/08
The last one (red flowers) is of the Fire Bush (Hamelia patens)

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Padmanabhan Geetha

Nov 17, 2008, 3:55:15 AM11/17/08
to J.M. Garg,
Dear Gargji, Kennethji and Prakashji

Thank you very much for the id.
best wishes
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