Palash Flowers: The Flame of Jungle
When Palash tree flowers in the jungle, it seems that whole area is on fire. That is why the tree is also called Flame of the forest. Near Panchkula which is our native place are Shivalik hills. One of places in these hills is called Morni. The entire route passes through hills and zigzag. There are streams passing through under the bridges. A number of wild trees and plants grow. It is a very picturesque site.
We go on to that route many times just for drive. There are hordes of monkeys and langoors. This time we went yesterday. There is a part of jungle adjoining a stream and lots of trees which is marked as bird habitat.
From the beginning of the hilly road, there were beautiful blossoms of trees called Palash. There season has just begun. At many places there are clumps of many of these trees. The intense light red colored flower bunches look as if jungle is on fire. There are very few leaves on these trees when they bloom. These trees are also called Flame of the Forest due to this. This tree is also called Bastard Teak. It’s scientific name is Butea monosperma
Palash Flowers were very favorite of Gurudeb Rabindra Nath Tagore. It is the state tree Indian state of Jharkhand. The flowers often figure in his poetry. Famous battle of Plassey is also named after the name given the area because of jungles of Palash.
The tree parts are used in tanning, organic colors are made from the flowers. Since its wood is water resistant it is used to make ladles.
A lots of insects and bees converge on these trees for nectar. Similarly many birds can be seen visiting these trees.
We took some shots…