Merry Christmas (47)
After so much time absent I īm here to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the blessings for the New Year.
And for my favorite ones this thought from Collin McCarty:
THERE ARE A FEW ABSOLUTE GEMS IN THIS WORLD;PEOPLE WHO
MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE IN OTHER PEOPLEīS LIVES...WITH THE SMILES THEY GIVE AND THE WAY THEY WARM THE HEARTS OF EVERYONE AROUND THEM.AND ONE OF THOSE WONDERFUL,DESERVING,AND ONE-OF-A-KIND PEOPLE IS MOST DEFINITELY...YOU MY DEAR FAVORITES !!!
God bless you all!
Big hug from,
PS: this pic was taken from a big tree in a square not so far from my house.I donīt know its ID but I've heard that the tree whose flower I photographed, was brought from Africa by one of our governors.Maybe some friends who live in Africa can give its ID.I will upload another pic from it in the WS.Bye bye!!!
This plant was well identified by Yannis as Couroupita guianensis, family Lecythidaceae.Thanks, Yannis! I appreciated it!
"Couroupita guianensis, whose common names include Ayahuma and the Cannonball Tree, is an evergreen tree allied to the Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa), and is native to tropical northern South America and to the southern Caribbean. In India it has been growing for the past two or three thousand years at least, as attested by textual records; hence it is possible that it is native to India also. It's part of the family Lecythidaceae and grows up to 25m (82ft) in height. The "Cannonball Tree" is so called because of its brown cannon-ball-like fruits. The majority of these trees outside their natural environment have been planted as a botanical curiosity, as they grow very large, distinctive flowers. Its flowers are orange, scarlet and pink in color, and form large bunches measuring up to 3m in length. They produce large spherical and woody fruits ranging from 15 to 24cm in diameter, containing up to 200 or 300 seeds apiece." Wikipedia