Thursday, February 28, 2013

Red .. the colour of nostalgia

Thursday Challenge : "RED" (Things that are red/pink,...)
 


 


That's a Malati tree in full bloom at our cousin's Dehradun house/resort. The flowers come in
shades of red and pink and even white.
 
Wikipedia tells me it's also known as Chinese honeysuckle, Rangoon Creeper, and Combretum indicum.
And there's more
It's called Quiscual in Spanish,
Niyog-niyogan in Filipino
Akar Dani in Malay and
Radha Manoharam in Telugu.
And the funny one...
The genus translates into Latin for What is that?
 
Never had I imagined this humble friend of my childhood had been to so many places. We used to have it in our angan when we were little. The creeper grew right up to the terrace. Some of my fondest memories include making flower chains that we'd wear as garlands and bangles :-) and watching the hordes of sparrows it sheltered.
So that is my 'RED' for the week.

11 comments:

  1. I like your 'red' of the week. And the story that goes along with it makes it even better.

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  2. Thanks magiceye.
    mara: Thank you.

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  3. A very beautiful flower ! didn't know it !

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  4. It makes me nostalgic as well. It is called 'Madhobi Lota' in Bengali. My maternal granny's lawn was covered with this creeper. We even used to suck its nectar from its stem!!!

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  5. Beautiful picture! And really on topic of the Challenge! ;-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  6. Beautiful..!
    Funny that I have a close up of these flowers and wondered if I should have posted that one instead :)

    Good info too. Loved reading that its called Malati. One of my close friends name is Malati:)

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  7. @Gattina: It's actually the simplest flower ever.. like the one's we draw as kids.

    NBose: Wow.. didn't know you can suck the nectar..

    @Gert: Thanks

    Smita: Yes they are lovely.. morese because they bloom profusely.

    @Priya: My aunt was called Malati too, which is why my cousin got the plant in her home.

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  8. Have seen this flower around, but was not aware of the name!

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  9. Shilpa it's pretty common. It's the mewmories that make it special to me. :-)

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