One of the wonderful things of accompanying my husband when he goes Golfing is that I get to see, enjoy and (sometimes) identify the trees growing there.
Today, I have trees from a Golf Course here in Pune. Besides being a great course to play on, it has 'row' of huge Banyan trees (Ficus benghalensis of the Moraceae family). One of these has fallen and continues to grow and flourish. Besides being a convinient spot to escape the hot sun, the Ficus is home to several insects, birds and small animals especially when its in fruit. Thats the time one can see a large variety of birds feasting on the tree.
Here are the wonderful Banyans.
|Seen from a distance|
|Down but not out|
|WoodApple or Limonia acidissima from Rutaceae family|
|The Bahava or Casssia fistula getting set for its annual golden display|
|Fruits of the Pithecellobium dulce or Madras Thorn. For some reason, its also called Jungli Jalebi! |