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Leaves and blooms

COLOURS OF SUMMER: Bright and beautiful.PHOTO: SINDHANAI  



P.S. DHANARAJ

Look around and see the wonders of nature.

Mull Murukku (Erythrina indica) popularly known as kalyana murugai, is a thorny tree of rapid growth in warm regions and is planted for hedges.During March/April the tree blooms after shedding all its leaves. The crimson coloured flowers with numerous petals spread in all directions is a feast to the eyes. In Sanskrit, the tree is rightly called kinjukam meaning a parrot, as poet Kalidasa likens the petal of this flower to the beak of a parrot. Sangam poets compare the colour and form of the petals to a claw of a lobster, bloodstained nails of a tiger, painted nails of a woman and to a cock's comb. They have also recorded that crows, cuckoos and other birds eat the petals, filaments and pollen of this flower.

Tree to watch

Almond ( Prunus amygdalus) a shady tree with its large leaves provides transitory shelter for humans and cattle during the hot months. The dark green leaves fade into yellow due to degeneration of chlorophyll. Yellow leaves change to red and brown in the hot sun. Fresh leaves come up in parrot-green which turn to emerald later.