39th Tree Appreciation Walk at Colaba Woods

 
 
Colaba Woods is very close to my heart for it was here that in 1993, I started my discovery of trees. I have many interesting memories.... One day I was standing on a bench to see the few flowers of Shirish [Albizzia lebbeck], when a young man brought me down on the ground & said at your age you should not be doing this, what if you fall down. He immediately stood up on the bench and got the flowers & said "Are you a botanist?" "No I love trees.... and you have a beautiful garden... there are pathways of Amaltas, Gulmor, Kachnar, Pitchkari, Scarlet cordia.... and you have groves of Saptparni, Sita Ashok, Karmal, Kanakchampa, Kadam... He just stopped me & said-mam, I am Yadav, descendent of Krishna and I have been coming here for two years and never knew Kadam exists here...Please show me....

Just at the entrance of the woods on either side there are scandent climbers with purple trumpet flowers, shiny green leaves and Rajsthani muchhi like pods....for 12 years I did not know what it was.. a friend of mine from Goa said it is Purple Allamanda, I was so elated, went through the Allamand genus but nothing matched. Then few years ago indiatreepix Google group came up and we put up the pictures and wow, it was diagnosed by Dr.Neil as Cryptostegia grandiflora.. The Palay Rubber Vine.. Incidentally it has many common names, including Purple Allamanda

Koelreuteria elegans was identified by ... through Pradip Krishen's book and flowersofindia.net
Bilimbi by Dr Sheila for it is a common tree from Goa and she is from Goa
Litchi by one of the walkers when she saw me daily standing in front of the tree and trying to find floowers and fruits... one day she just tapped my shoulder and said that is Litchi, I am from up north so I know it well, and do not search for fruits.. it does not fruit here.. may be the weather.....

So friends if you want to hear more stories do join us on Sunday 2nd June at Colaba Woods, Cuffe Prade next to Hotel President
What a lovely write up of heart felt experience...
Your story of the purple allamanda sounds very familiar, that's how I have stumbled onto many diagnosis my self... often suddenly, serendipity I think...
Have a wonderful walk.... walks...
could you show us /me some of your tree pictures from these walks?

Trees, Shrubs, Climbers of Colabawoods Garden,Mumbai

39th Tree Appreciation Walk on 2nd June, 2013

No

Common Name

Botanical Name

Family

1.

Palay Rubber Vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

Asclepiadaceae

2.

Shirish

Albizzia lebbeck

Mimosaceae

3.

Chinese Lantern

Koelreuteria elegans

Sapindaceae

4.

Son-chafa

Michelia champaca

Magnoliaceae

5.

Yellow Orchid

Bauhinia tomentosa

Caesalpiniaceae

6.

Siala

Markhamia lutea

Bignoniaceae

7.

Amaltas

Cassia fistula

Caesalpiniaceae

8.

Pygmy Date Palm

Phoenix roebelinii

Arecaceae

9.

Toon

Toona ciliata

Meliaceae

10.

Fiji Fan Palm

Pritchardia pacifica

Arecaceae

11.

Yellow Silk Cotton

Cochlospermum religiosum

Cochlospermaceae

12.

Karmal

Dillenia indica

Dilleniaceae

13.

Saptparni

Alstonia scholaris

Apocynaceae

14.

Kanak Champa

Pterospermum acerifolium

Sterculiaceae

15.

Rampe

Pandanus amaryllifolium

Pandanaceae

16.

Sita Ashok

Saraca asoca

Caesalpiniaceae

17.

Kadam

Neolamarckia cadamba

Rubiaceae

18.

Buddha’s Belly Bamboo

Bambusa ventricosa

Poaceae

19.

Gulmohar

Delonix regia

Caesalpiniaceae

20.

Kunti

Murraya paniculata

Rutaceae

21.

Bibla

Pterocarpus marsupium

Fabaceae

22.

Ghost Tree

Sterculia urens

Sterculiaceae

23.

Royal Palm

Roystonea regia

Arecaceae

24.

African Tulip

Spathodea campanulata

Bignoniaceae

25.

Jungli Badam

Sterculia foetida

Sterculiaceae

26.

Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow

Brunfelsia pauciflora

Solanaceae

27.

Yellow Oleander

Thevetia peruviana

Apocynaceae

28.

Buddha Belly Plant

Jatropha podagrica

Euphorbiaceae

29.

Bellyache Bush

Jatropha gossypifolia

Euphorbiaceae

30.

Yellow Alder

Turnera ulmifolia

Turneraceae

31.

Caricature Plant

Graptophyllum pictum

Acanthaceae

32.

Breadfruit

Artocarpus altilis

Moraceae

33.

Beach Spider Lily

Hymenocallis littoralis

Amaryllidaceae

34.

Dalchini

Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Lauraceae

35.

Bilimbi

Averrhoa bilimbi

Oxalidaceae

36.

Silver Oak

Grevillea robusta

Proteaceae

37.

Ambada

Spondias pinnata

Anacardiaceae

38.

Umbrella Tree

Brassaia actinophylla

Araliaceae

39.

Litchi

Nephelium litchi

Sapindaceae

40.

Bottle Brush

Callistemon citrinus

Myrtaceae

41.

Alu

Meyna laxiflora

Rubiaceae

42.

Beggar’s Bowl

Crescentia alata

Bignoniaceae

43.

Oleander/Kanher

Nerium oleander

Apocynaceae



Our next Tree Appreciation Walk is on 2nd June,13 in Colaba Woods Garden and the details are as under........
Venue: Colaba Woods, Near Hotel President, Capt. Prakash Pethe Marg, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400005.

Time: 7.30 a.m.

Duration of walk: 2 hours

Meeting Point: At the entrance (near the clock)......there is no entrance fees.

Colaba Woods is a small botanical garden maintained by Tata Power Ltd. It has groves of Saptaparni, Amaltas, Kadam, African Tulip, Bibla, Jangli Badam. Michelia champaka, Cassia fistula, Markhamia lutes, Bauhinia tomentosa are flowering profusely.

Hope to see you all on Sunday,


 
 
 

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