Photos of the Month - March 2007
By Mymoon Moghul
From IITM campus
Pictures 1 and 2 Bombax ceilba or Bombax malabaricum
Bombax or Red Silk Cotton Tree is a large deciduous tree
that has its origin in the moist tropical forests in Africa, Asia and
The petals The petals are oblong, re-curved and fleshy and each bloom has a dome-like brush of yellow-anthered stamens with pink filaments. The fruit is about 10-15 cm long, 5 angled, short stalked and black when ripe; and splits open in April-May to reveal silky seeds and disgorge quantities of silky cotton in which small seeds are embedded.
Useful floss. The floss is used for stuffing cushions and pillows and is excellent for making surgical dressings. The bark is covered with conical prickles when young, with ties of whorled branches. Bombax is leafless from December until March. The wood is used for making matchboxes and package cases. Trees grow in fertile, loam-based moist soil in full light and must be watered freely. When leafless the tree must be kept dry. Propagation is by seeds or semi-ripe cuttings. Bombax is grown as specimen trees and to provide shade. It will tolerate hard pruning to restrict size.
A pair of Shikra
Shikra or Accipiter badius badius
South India and
“On alert”, A resting chital (Spotted Deer or Axis axis)