Thursday, March 3, 2011

Flowering Tree - African Tulip Tree

Bangalore known as Garden City true to its name as lot of flowering trees on either side of most of the roads. They bloom with flowers of various colors. One such tree is African Tulip Tree also known as Spathodea Campanulata.

The cup shaped deep-orange flowers attract nectar-feeding birds and insects. The flower buds form a ball-shaped cluster and these buds contain water. The outer buds bloom first before the inner ones. The flowers in clusters stand out from the rest of the green foliage around it.



When in full bloom this tree is a grand sight to watch. Most of the year the tree has dark green leaves. 



The tree grows as wide as it grows tall producing an immense shade.

70 comments:

George said...

This is a beautiful tree when the flowers are in bloom.

Thendral said...

Lovely flowers!!! Very beautiful.

V Rakesh said...

Bright colours! Very interesting!

Zuzana said...

This comes across as extremely exotic to me. Very rarely do we see blooming trees with this kind of blossoms here.;) Stunning.;)
xoxo

Krishna said...

Hi

Beautiful pictures

thanks for sharing

Jeevan said...

Interesting flowering tree! As u say it gives a grand visage.

joo said...

What a lovely tree Rajesh! I love the color of flowers - gorgeous!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous flowers!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Namaste! Lovely pictures.

Team G Square said...

Wonderful pics , thanks for reminding the name of tree

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful photos, the colours are gorgeous, thanks for sharing with us in Sky Watch Friday

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous tree! Love the colors, the blossoms! Marvelous captures, Rajesh! Hope your have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Regina said...

Amazing tree.
Happy SWF.

Gary said...

What a fascinating tree!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Diane AZ said...

What a gorgeous tree, the size and color of the flowers is fantastic!

Photo Cache said...

i could just imagine how beautiful a street lined with these trees.

enjoy the weekend.

Skywatch here

Titania said...

Indeed a spectacular flowering tree.
I grow them in my terraced garden. When I look downwards I can see the flowering tops. Just beautiful. Well done!

Kay L. Davies said...

What a wonderful tree, Rajesh, and its wide shade must be very much appreciated. Beautiful flowers!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kim, USA said...

I could imagine how beautiful this tree is. Happy weekend!
SWF

Arija said...

A beautiful tree indeed, quite spectacular in fact with it;s over all coverage of flowers.

Carver said...

Those are gorgeous blossoms. A very beautiful tree.

Genie said...

This is an amazing tree as it its blooms. I cannot imagine anything nicer that having one of these out in my yard for the shade and its colorful blooms. Lovely photos. I hope you have a wonderful weakend.

SandyCarlson said...

Beautiful, my friend. I just love the color.

magiceye said...

bright and beautiful

Anna said...

Something and and something beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Anna :)

clairz said...

Just lovely, such lush blossoms.

ladyfi said...

Such gorgeous and vibrant flowers on that tree!

Indrani said...

Beautiful captures.

bracomfotografie said...

beautiful flowers and colors

Joop Zand said...

Lovely colorful pictures and a nice blog.

greetings from Holland, Joop

RNSANE said...

What a glorious colorful tree, Rajesh! It must lift one's spirits to see it in full bloom.

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful blooming tree. Great shots! Happy skywatching and have a great weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

ah, tulip trees, I have actually seen it once.:)

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

It looks similar to a tree that grows here in Florida...I wonder if we have any African Tulip trees? Very beautiful.

Re Incredible India Fact 22 - I never knew that! Fascinating.

alicesg said...

The flowers are blooming very pretty. Have a nice weekend.

Sridharan said...

beautiful

pramukh said...

hey nice man... i ve added u n my fav will you do the same

Karine said...

What beautiful flowers!!! They make me think of the vivid hibiscus blooms I sued to see in Florida when I went to visit my Grandparents and that I now get to see in South Carolina!

LV said...

Wonderful shots of these tulip trees. We have them here as well. They do not look like these. Ours are pink with a different bloom.

eden said...

Gorgeous blooms.Love the colours.

Ann said...

You climb up the tree to take the macro flowers? Beautiful.

Rizalenio said...

I love the first photo so much. Flowers will really brighten one's day.

Jama said...

Gorgeous flowers!

My garden haven said...

Another unusual plant, how spectacular.
Rosie

Pietro said...

Wonderful the close up of the flower and the images of the tree.

Anya said...

Funny tree
and lovely flowers :-)

Have a nice week-end

Kareltje =^.^= ♥ Betsie >^.^<
Anya :)

Debbie Smith said...

Very beautiful and unusal flowers!
Thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful day!
Debbie's Travels'

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! It looks wonderful and the pictures are awesome!

Nice is nice, don’t you agree? Check it at Blogtrotter Two... Enjoy and have a great week!!

Pooch Purple Reign said...

that would really be something to see when in full bloom. gorgeous
~laura

Kristin said...

HI Rajesh,

The flower is so beautiful and bright. Very striking red in colour, sure to catch anyone's attention.

May you have a wonderful weekend.

Cheers,
Kristin

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful, the orange color is stunning.

Linda said...

How beautiful. I would love to see this in real life and watch the birds and insects around it.

YOSEE said...

Lovely blooms. I had not known the name !

Míriam Luiza said...

Amo fotos de flores contra o azul do céu! Você fez uma combinação maravilhosa: flores e céu! E essa cor laranja forte é apaixonante, refrescante, verão puro!

guild-rez said...

Beautiful and stunning pictures!!
Great shots.

Geeta Singh said...

lovely ..:)

Arija said...

Lovely trees Rajesh. We have them in Australia as well but only in the tropical regions.

Ever Green Tree said...

Bright n Beautiful!

Eden said...

Beautiful blooms.

Rajesh said...

Thank you, I am glad that beauty of this flowering tree is appreciated.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

A tulip tree! It's beautiful!

Alicia said...

A beautiful flower and you photographed it beautifully as well!

LindyLouMac said...

Hi there this is my first time joining in with Monday Mosaic and I am now hopping around from Italy viewing all the wonderful blogs that join in. A simply gorgeous tree :)

Teagarden said...

What a wonderful tree! Thanks for sharing this photo`s!
Markus

Dianne ... Walking In His Grace said...

Hi, You have a very nice blog here. Your flowers, and flowering trees are so pretty, and colourful. So nice to see, as we are just beginning our Spring Season, and there are no Spring flowers as of yet, but it won't be long, as our days will soon begin to warm up. We have many birds that have returned, and that is a wonderful sign of Spring for us here where I live, In Canada.
Thank you for your visit to my blog, and nice comment.
Have a wonderful day!
Dianne :)

Arti said...

So refreshing, loved the flower! Beautiful shots!

Mohinee said...

The new year blooms ! Aha lovely!

Arpana said...

Amazingly beautiful!

Rama Mohan A said...

Lovely. Colorful!!!

Devilzangel said...

b-e-a-u-tiful :D