SCIENTIFIC NAME :Memecylon umbellatum
This image was shot when we were in a village in Kokan It is a slow growing tree native to India. it is also called Ironwood. It is a visual treat when this tree is in blossom !
The inflorescence is very beautiful and is purplish blue in color.
Shot by Sanjeev Shevade
Equipment : Panasonic DMC - FZ1000
Genus : Perilla
“ This is a very beautiful flower and seen quite commonly. My sightings have always been around mid/late monsoon. I like its shape, the colour, hues and also the texture. They all get beautifully highlighted in a close up image such as this.”
The term Perilla, is a common name for a herb belonging to the MINT family. Its leaves, seeds as well as flowers find their place in a lot of Asian cuisines.
Equipment : Canon 50 D with Canon EF 100 mm Macro
ISO 100, f 9, 1/250
Bhandup Pumping Station, Mumbai. 28/09/2014
Local Name ( Marathi ) : जांभळी मंजिरी
" ... saw this for the first time in Bhimashankar, Maharashtra. It is a small erect aquatic herb about 8 -20 cms high ... the purple flowers on the light green stalk can be seen as a small carpet on the ground, making it a very pretty sight. ... generally seen at higher elevations !"
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Rui
Local Name ( Hindi ) : Madar
Crown Flower, Milkweed
Scientific Name : Calatropis gigantea
A very common shrub with some very beautiful flowers. The image shows the inner part of the flower, highlighing the beauty with the exqusite form, texture and colours.
A plant with medicinal properties and an important food/host plant for certain butterflies like the Common Crow.
Leaves and floers are offered in worship to Lord Hanuman.
Canon 50 D with Canon EF 100 mm Macro
ISO 100, f 8, 1/250 with Canon Macrolite MR - EX 14
Scientific Name : Barleria Montana
Synonym : Barleria purpurea
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Dongari Koranti
Sanjay Gandhi National Park( SGNP ) Borivali, Mumbai
Scientific Name : Dicliptera foetida Family : Acanthaceae
Local name ( Marathi ) : Jivni
Kokan, Maharashtra. 06/02/2012
Canon EOS 50 D with Canon EF 100 mm Macro USM
ISO 125, f 11, 1/200
‘Haldi Kunku’ Flowers
Mexican Butterfly Weed, Scarlet Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Blood Flower
Scientific Name : Asclepias curassavica
“ These strikingly attractive and brightly coloured flowers are aptly called ’Haldi Kunku’ flowers in Marathi. Halad – Turmeric ( Yellow ) and Kunku – Vermillion ( Red )
I love the contrasting Yellows, Reds and the Greens all coming together so well in these beautifully crafted flowers.
It is grown as an ornamental flowering plant and is also as a food plant in a butterfly garden.”
Botanical Name :Cosmos caudatus, Local Name : Ulam Raja
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Wild Cosmos is a wild cousin of the popular garden plant, Cosmos. It is an annual herb
Wild Cosmos is native to the American continents, but widely naturalized. This plant is supposed to be edible. It is believed that Wild Cosmos was brought to South Asia by sailing Spaniards who used it as food.
The petals are pink to purple.
The plant is used traditionally for improving blood circulation.
Shot at kas Plateau, Satara,Maharashtra,India.
Scientific Name : Cida acuta,
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Jungli Methi , Chikna
Common Wireweed is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is believed to have originated in Central America, but today has a pantropical distribution and is considered a weed in some areas.
Shot in Borivali National Park,Mumbai,Maharashtra
Common name: Pussy Ears, Furry Kittens
Local Name (Marathi) : Nabhali
Botanical name: Cyanotis somaliensis
Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
The origin of this creeping, tender perennial is uncertain, but it is probablySomalia. Its fleshy, narrowly oblong leaves are glossy dark green and covered with soft white hairs ,resembling ears of a cat. It produces small, 3-petaled, blue flowers, dotted with yellow stamens, in the axils of the leaves in the winter and spring.
The genus is widespread outside of forested habitats, occurring often in dry habitats, but it also includes an aquatic species.
Shot at Kas Plateau, Satara, Maharashtra.
Local Name (Marathi) : Bhurundi
Shot in the Yeoor Forest, Thane - Maharashtra
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Bambaku
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Abolima
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Jambhli Chirayat
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Chawar
Local Name ( Marathi ) : Nilima
Scientific Name : Murdannia wightii
Synonym : Phaeneilima pauciflora
Kas Plateau, Satara, Maharashtra