Monday, August 29, 2011

Glow Vine

Glow Vine (Saritaea magnifica)    is  native to South America. Mainly planted as an ornamental plant.


Impatiens sp. from Topslip and Ooty region.

நெய்வேலி காட்டு ஆமணக்கு

Ipomoea carnea    introduced plant from Tropical America as a hedge plant. Flowers attract birds and butterflies.

Crotalaria sp.

Seeds (During August, 2011)

Well grown plant

Flower of  Crotalaria sp. Location near Coimbatore Air Port road side plant.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Climber, New record to India

This is a climber I have notice at CODISSIA to AIR PORT ROAD (Coimbatore), After indetification I found that this is new record to India.
Specimens Examined
India: Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore District,
Maruthamalai. By :Sarvalingam, Sivalingam & Rajendran, 006145(BH).

A native of Sudan and Southern
Egypt Africa and widely spread in Ethiopia,
Kenya, Somali, Tanzania, Uganda (Kirkbride,
1993), probably recently introduced into India
in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Ehrenb. ex Spach is recorded for the first time from India

Cucumis dipsaceus

A. Sarvalingam,

Thanks to Sasiramasamy,
Research Scholar,
Bharathiar University for his help in indentification and the literature abou the plant. 
R. Sivalingam*, A. Rajendran, and C. Kalidass#Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India – 641046. Botanical Survey of India, Southern Circle, Coimbatore, India – 641003.

Friday, August 26, 2011

எள் செடி

 எள்  செடி (Sesamum indicum). Sesame oil ,also known as gingelly oil.  நல்லெண்ணெய் சருமத்தின் ஈரப்பதத்தை சமப்படுத்துகிறது. உடல் வெப்பத்தைத் தணிக்கிறது. ரத்தத்தில் கொலஸ்டிராலைக் குறைக்கிறது. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Silver-leaved Nightshade

Silver-leaved Nightshade  (Solanum elaeagnifolium)   is a perennial weed , Photographed at Vadavalli to Kanuvai Road. Coimbatore Dist.

கல்லை செடி

(Hibiscus micranthus) A small shrub along the road side of Mangarai to Anaikatti road. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) flowers (July, August)

சீமை கருவேல்

Algaroba (Prosopis juliflora)   

 It has become well established as a weed in  Asia,(Native to South America)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Erect Clematis

 Erect Clematis  (Clematis recta) ornamental climber, photographed at Esha Center, Parking complex (August, 2011).     

Thursday, August 18, 2011


 Turkey Berry (Solanum torvum) is found troughout the world's tropical regions.   


நாட்டு அக்ரோட் நெய்

Tungoil Tree (Aleurites fordii) 12 year old tree at NBNP, Anaikatti
                                          Native to southern  China, Burma and Vietnam. Fast growing avenue tree

Ripened fruit (July 2011)

நீரடி முத்து நெய்

Plant animal interaction
Chaulmoogra (Hydnocarpus pentandra) economically beneficial tree for low rainfall area. Oil extracted from the seed are used in treatment of Leprosy and healing wounds  Pod sucking bugs mostly seen while the fruits get ripened.

நீர் பருத்தி

Earleaf Acacia

 Earleaf Acacia (Acacia auriculiformis) is an evergreen tall tree like Polyalthia (  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

சித்திர மூலம்

 Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) is a herb that grows wild in India and has been used by rural and tribal people for hundreds of years as a traditional system of medicine. Ref:

Stick Insects

Carausius sp. Stick Insects have suckers and claws on their feet, allowing them to walk up vertical walls and even upside down.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bleeding Heart Vine

Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) Native to West Africa and introduced to other countries as ornamental climber.    

Kollidam River

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The Kollidam is a river in southeastern India flows through the Thanjavur Dist. நமது அன்றாட தேவைகளில் மணலும் ஒன்று. The photos clearly indicates the requirements of Sand (from one river)? imagine how much from other rivers?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

India Forest cover increase

India has  21 Percent of her geographical area under forest cover. According to the State Forest Report 2009, in the last 10 years, forest cover in the country has increased by 3.31 million hectares, showing an average 0.46% increase every year. Source from the following link:


Jewel beetle or Golden green beetle (Species name to be confirmed).

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Smooth Rattlepod

Crotalaria pallida     is a perennial herb

Flowering June , July

Seeds (During August)

Monday, August 8, 2011


Long horned wood boring beetle

Sunday, August 7, 2011


மூடாக்கு போடுதல்
Mulching was done using the leaf litter.

Mulching using coconut shell

காய்ந்த இலை மற்றும் தென் மட்டை வைத்து மூடாக்கு
செய்தால் செடிகளுக்கு குறைந்த அளவு நீர் போதுமானது.(வாரம் இருமுறை போதும்).

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Ceylon oak (Schleichera oleosa) wide spread to tropical countries.   Fruiting at Nature Park, Anaikatti (July, August 2011). 


 Hop Bush (Dodonaea viscosa)  perennial shrub naturalised in tropics and sub tropics countries

Dodonaea - named after a Flemish botanist of the 16 th century; Rembert Dodoens
viscosa -latin term - meaning sticky.

குச்சி பூச்சி

Mimic in Nature. Stick insect are resembles like a dry stick.


Blue Rattlepod,  (Crotalaria verrucosa)    is an annual herb found along the road side.

Flowering twig. (July 2011)

விலங்குகள் பெயர் (அடை மொழியாக)கொண்ட தாவரங்கள்

கழுதை தும்பை - Indian Borage (Trichodesma indicum), 
குதிரைவாலிப் பூண்டு- (Merrimia tridentalia)
சிறுதேள் கொடுக்கு-(Heliotropium indicum)
நாய்த்துளசி- (Ocimum americanum)
நாகமல்லி-Snake Jasmine (Rhinacanthus nasutus)
நாகலிங்கம் Couropita guinensis
நாய்வேளை-(Cleome viscosa)
நாய்க்கடுகு-Asian spider flower (Cleome viscosa)
நாயுருவி-Prickly Chaff Flower  (Achyranthes aspera)
பூனைக்காலி- (Mucuna pruiens)
சிறு பூனைக்காலி -Stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida)   
புலி நகம்-  Devil's Claws  ( Martynia annua) 
யானைச்சுவடி- (Elephantopus scaber)
யானைத்திப்பிலி- (Scindapus officinalis)
யானை நெருஞ்சில்- (Pedalium mure)
யானைக் குண்டுமணி-(Adenathera pavania)
யானைத் துவரை-(Trewia polycarpa)
மயிலாடி-(Vitex altissima)
குரங்கு  மஞ்சள்- (Bixa orellana)
E.g: இலை மயில் கால் போன்ற தோற்றம்.

விலங்குகள் உறுப்புகளை (அ) வடிவம்
போன்ற காரணத்தினால்
அழைக்கப் படுகின்றன.
பூனைகாலி- விதை மேற்பகுதி- ரோமம்
பூனைமுடி போல் கவர்ந்து இருக்கும்.
புலி நகம்- இதன் விதை புலிநகம் போல்
தோற்றம் அளிக்கும்.

 Devil's Claws  ( Martynia annua)

Elephant's ear (Caladium bicolor)

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