Genus: Nycanthes arbor-tristis
Common name: Coral Jasmine / Night flowering Jasmine/ Parijat / Shiuli / Shefali / Harsingar
Come September and the coral jasmine tree comes into full bloom. I am blessed to have two of these trees just outside of my balcony in the garden below. Every morning the grass and the road beneath the tree has a fresh shower of these uber fragrant blossoms. I just love the sight and smell of the night flowering jasmine a lot.
Its a childhood memory of being fascinated by this tree as one light touch on the branches and I would be showered with flowers. As a child, I was entertained by the grown ups every morning so.
Its commonly called Harsingar and the flowers bloom at night; hence earning it the name night flowering jasmine. The coral orange stalks are a beautiful contrast to the star shaped white petals. Its a dusk to dawn flowering, and in some places its also called “the sorrow tree”. In fact, arbor-tristis literally translated means sad tree.
Parijat or Shiuli is the official flower of West Bengal and signals the oncoming of the Durga Puja season. I just love to gather these flowers every morning and fill them in a glass container.
There is an interesting mythology tale attached to this tree, involving the mischievous Lord Krishna and his two wives. Its said that the Parijat tree came out during the samudra manthan and Lord Krishna battled with Indradev for it. His wife Satyabhama asked him to plant the tree in her garden. Not wanting to upset his other wife, Krishna planted the tree in Satyabhama’s garden but with the blooms falling over the wall into Rukmani’s garden.
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Joining in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul where we share a picture of a tree and mention in a few words why we are fascinated by it.
My previous post for this linky can be found here