I would like to send this as my Flora picture of the Year [this has
not been sent earlier on this forum].
Couroupita guianensis.Fam:Lecythidaceae. Place-Bangalore-taken 11th April 2008
Also revered as Shivalinga,Nagalinga.The stamens form a 'hood' over a
small depression beneath, in which there is a 'linga'.This tree grows
opposite my apartment & i'm sentimental about it because a friend & i
saved it from the axe.
The fruits look like cannonballs & are as lethal-only i have not come
across a single case of anyone being hit on the head [ that does not
mean anyone take a risk !]-surprisingly even when they dropped with
alarming frequency at the time the building in the adjoining compound
was being constructed & the roots were heavily damaged.The tree has