Summer’s Pageantry of Colours

The sweltering, often unbearable heat in all the tropical regions of our country is well compensated for by nature’s pageantry of colours—trees blooming every other week, offering a feast to the eyes. The fashion show does not end here. The blooms draw fluttering butterflies, buzzing bees and a host of other insects. The insects, in turn, draw birds of many-hued plumage to feed on them. KATIE BAGLI tells you more.

Taman Tree: A tree with a pale, blotchy, peeling bark is characteristic of the taman tree. Its delicate flowers with their crepe-like petals and orange centres are considered by many as being fit to be offered to a queen, hence the sobriquet given to them—queen’s flowers. Ironically, the delicat
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