Friday, December 30, 2011


Caterpillar of a butterfly from Anaikatti. Species yet to identified


வாக்குன்னார் Indian hemp (Crotalaria juncea)
It is a rapid growing crop that is used for fiber production in Indo-Pakistan, also good for use as a green manure in many tropical and subtropical areas in the world as an organic and nitrogen source.    



Wednesday, December 28, 2011


White Gulmohar   (Delonix elata)   is native to India widely planted as avenue tree. Flowers throughout the year. The other species which are commonly seen along the road side is Gulmohar (Delonix regia) with red flowers. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Indian Shot

Indian Shot (Canna indica)   

This lovely wildflower is common along roadsides and open fields throughout the India, especially near cultivated garden.

One of the most commonly used beads in natural seed jewelry comes from a beautiful wildflower of the Caribbean region and tropical America.


அகத்தி  Agati (Sesbania grandiflora)    Fruit



வெப்பாலை Sweet Indrajao Wrightia tinctoria   

The fruits are pendulous, long paired follicles joined at their tips

Seeds are ready for dispersal
Flower (Photo from NBNP Garden April, 2012)

Seed dispersal through wind

Friday, December 23, 2011

காந்தல் மலர்

காந்தல் மலர் Gloriosa superba (Flame Lily or Glory Lily).
State flower of Tamil Nadu

Gloriosa superba is a striking tuberous climbing plant with brilliant wavy-edged yellow and red flowers

Ref:  Chemical research showed that all part of this plant, both above and below ground, are extremely poisonous and ingestion could be fatal.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cockspur coral tree

Cockspur coral tree (Erythrina crista-galli)

The tree's flower is the national flower of Argentina (since 23 December 1942) and Uruguay

Willowleaf Angelon

Its a Perennial plant mailny used as ornamental purpose.   

Willowleaf Angelon (Angelonia salicariifolia) Family Scrophulariaceae  

Day Blooming Jasmine

White chocolate jasmine, (Cestrum diurnum, family Solanaceae)

White Chocolate Jasmine, Inkberry, Day jasamine. Unlike Night blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum), this one is most fragrant during the day: flowers have very strong chocolate scent, as good as fragrance of famous Portlandia. Ref:

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Moses-in-a-boat (Tradescantia spathacea)

The flowers of the Moses-in-the-cradle plant are inconsequential, but they do grow in an interesting fashion, and are the reason for the plant's many unusual names. Each small, white, three-petaled flower is hidden in a boat-shaped purple cup which lies in a leaf axil. Because the flowers are not particularly showy, the plant is grown primarily for its colorful foliage. Flowers can occur at any time during the year. Source of information and Ref:

Monday, December 12, 2011

True indigo

Indigofera linnaei (from NBNP, Anaikatti)

It is a small prostrate and profusely branched perennial herb.The plant was one of the original sources of indigo dye.

Malabar Catmint

Malabar catmint (Anisomeles indica)  from NBNP Garden, Anaikatti.


Silk Leaf

American Softhead (Lagascea mollis).Location GRD College Road, Coimbatore.

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The heads are surrounded by silky leaves, which probably lends it one of its common names. Silk Leaf is native to the Americas, and naturalized in India. Flowering: August-March.Ref:

Snake Plant, Mother-in-law's tongue

Sansevieria trifasciata     Family: Ruscaceae (Butcher's Broom family) Thanks to Eflora members for identification of this plant.

Flower (During Nov. 2011)

Divi Divi

Caesalpinia coriaria    Family: Caesalpiniaceae

Flower (during Nov. 2011) Photos by R. Muthusamy, Field Asst.)

Friday, December 9, 2011

முள்ளு வேங்கை

Spinous Kino Tree Bridelia retusa