Genus- Bauhinia Variegata / Bauhinia Purpurea (Purple orchid tree)
Common Name- Orchid tree / mountain ebony / camel’s foot tree / Kachnar / Kovidar
This time of the year seems sprightly as the delicate Kachnar blooms on the trees around the colony. It belongs to the Bauhinia family and is a favorite of the landscapers who prefer to plant it in new developments. The name of my colony is kept on this tree which abounds in plenty around my house. I have been seeing three different shades of the flowers and now know that they are all cousins 😉
Its a hot favorite with the birds and I have seen parrots gorging on it at all times of the day. Sunbirds and Rufus Treepies are other comely patrons of this graceful bloom which closely resembles an orchid.
There is this huge Kachnar tree in my park that is bent double with the softly perfumed blooms that float whimsically with every gust of the wind. I have been enjoying the flowering on my morning walks and thought to share this tree for this edition of Thursday tree love. Kachnar is also the state flower of Bihar.
By the way, the Kachnar (B Variegata) is a pale mauve colored flower, streaked with deep purple lines. Its buds are used to make a delicious sabzi and no I haven’t every tasted it – have you?
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Its close cousin is the Purple Orchid tree, called Kovidar in local language. Did you know that in Ramayana, Bharata’s chariot was marked with a flag bearing this flower as an ensign? It has another interesting name- Raktapushpa which literally means blood flower.
An intriguing thing to note about this species is the leafy foliage which resembles a camel foot, thus earning it the name Camel’s foot tree!!!
Though its revered as an ornamental tree, its actually a tree of great medicinal value. From the root to flowers-all offers a unique remedy for many common ailments. You would be amazed to know how beneficial it is to eat/drink its flowers as a vegetable or in a tea. I am certainly thinking of making the tea, since there are so many trees near me. If I do, I will share my experience with you.
Joining in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul
My previous post for this linky can be found here