28 June 2018

Summer Cooler (ThursdayTreeLove)

Pune is blessed to have several hills located right inside the city itself. They are its lungs as it were and are the pride and joy of the locals. Most of the trees growing here are the deciduous type and the hot scorching months of summer see them reduced to their bare branches. 




One of the only trees giving respite from the brown and golden shades is the Morinda pubescens locally called Bartondi of the Rubiaceae family. It is an evergreen tree and its green velvety leaves are a sight for sore eyes! May is also the month when this tree blossoms and the small star-shaped whitish flowers announce the tree's presence long before one can spot it! 
The fruit is peculiar and seems to have many facets!

Yet another give-away is the rough crocodile bark that the tree sports. 

Despite their fragrance, thankfully, these flowers are not woven into garlands. Thankful because it avoids irresponsible stripping of the tree. This is a great summer cooler especially on the morning walks during summer!

Its among my favourite indigenous species. 

Do you have a favourite tree? Or more than one favourite?
:-)
Stay happy folks!

I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove bloghop. Do head over to see some amazing trees from around the world!

7 comments:

Kshitija said...

Wow!

Alana said...

I have many favorite trees - any tree that cools and has beautiful flowers would be one of my favorites.

Archana said...

Thanks :-)

Parul said...

That's good one and sure a sight for the sore eyes. The bark is so unique and such a contrast to the small fragrant flowers. Thank you for joining, Archana!
I am so glad you did!

G Angela David said...

My favorite trees are the one with plenty of leaves - enjoy sitting under peepal tree ( as I like Lord Buddha) the other one is the neem tree (wherein I have memories of my childhood,playing caroms in summer with my neighboring friends)

Archana said...

Thanks Parul. This is among my favourite trees!

Archana said...

@Angela - Neem and Peepal are lovely trees giving cooling shade. Thanks for stopping by :-)