Sunday, May 15, 2011
Cannonball tree flowers
While taking a walk along the trail in Penang Botanic Garden, I spotted several flowers of the cannonball trees blooming along the pathway.
It flowers in all its glory all year round.
Unlike anything I've experienced before, I found myself smelling the fragrant blossoms over and over again. Trust me, the scent of the flowers are so refreshing and pleasurable, possibly superior to many commercial perfumes I've encountered!
The tree was named the cannonball tree for a good reason because of its brown cannon-ball-like fruits.
Both the fruit and the flower grow from stalks which sprout from the trunk of the tree.
From another perspective, I found this tree with long dangling branches to be bizarre and creepy, which kinda reminds me of Medusa of Greek myth.
Although the tree was said to have originated from South America, it has great sacred and religious significance to Buddhists and Hindus.
And here's young cannonballs beginning to sprout.