Thursday, April 27, 2006

Samanea Saman

Family name: Leguminosae
Common name: Rain Tree
Origin: Tropical America

These are the flower and buds of the Rain tree that gives us so much greenery along major roads like Upper Thompson road in the picture below. They are found on either side of roads and pruned regularly in such a way that the branches of the trees meet midway above the roads to form green tunnels in some parts of Singapore. Because the trees are very tall, flowers are seldom noticed unless they are the younger ones growing in the parks where the branches are within reach. The picture above was taken at Upper Peirce Reservoir some time ago after a shower and as a result they look drenched instead of the usual fluffy appearance on a fine day.

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