INDIAN TREES19 November 2020
We continue our Chasing the Tree blog series with the Indian trees; Pink Shower, Tamarind, White Thorn and Ceylon oak.
A Pink Feast: Pink Shower
Deciduous and rapidly growing Pink Shower, is a type of tree that can grow up to 40 meters. Its pale pink and red flowers, grow as clusters. Towards the end of the flowering season, the ground under the tree looks like a attractive, pink carpet.
With its beauty and suitable size, it is preferred for creating shadows in streets and parks.
Tamarind With Its Unique Fruit
Tamarind, a member of the legume family, is originated in Africa and is a species grown in all tropical countries, especially India. Tamarind with a height of up to 18 meters has flowers in reddish clusters. Its fruit, which is indispensable in African, Asian and Latin American cuisines with its sour taste and dark color, is mostly used in salads, soups and pickles. Its fruit that is used in the making of alcohol and sherbet, can also be consumed raw with powdered sugar.
White Thorn With Its Stunning White Flowers
White Thorn is a shrub species that can reach a maximum length of 15 meters and that has small, soft and seeded red fruits named hawthorn. White Thorn that has a unique appearance with its white flowers, is an important food source for insects that feed on nectar. It also provides many birds and mammals both shelter and food.
In a study conducted in 2008, it is discovered the White Thorn can also be used in the treatment of chronic heart failure.
Panacea: Ceylon Oak
Famous for its bright leaves that turn red in March, Ceylon Oak is called "Kusum" in Hindi. Ceylon Oak, which can live at an altitude of 700 meters, has a grayish brown trunk and sheds leaves in winters. This tree, that has small fruit, attracts bees with its yellow and small flowers.
Kusum oil obtained from its fruit is used in hair care, food and traditional Indian medicine for skin problems.