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Trees of Bangalore
The Rain Tree (Samanea saman) is a wide canopied, umbrella-shaped tree that flowers through a large part of the year, from March to September. The tree is locally known as 'Male mara'. The leaflets of this tree fold close at night and open up in sunlight. One can see these trees planted by the side of broad roads all around Bangalore. It sheds moisture through the day, giving the tree its name. It is common to see 'rain drops' on cars parked under a rain tree for a few hours, and this moisture is caused by insects feeding on the leaves of the tree.

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“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky..." wrote poet Kahlil Gibran. Trees take little and give a lot. They are the heart, the limbs, the veins and the lungs of the ecosystem. As if they didn't have enough roles to play, they are also responsible for making every scene and scape beautiful. We are nothing without trees around us. Bangalore has always been known for its tree cover, but the words Bangalore and trees can't be used in the same sentence without a 'sigh'. Thousands of trees have been felled to make way for new roads and localities, the bane of a fast-developing city. However, for a brief time during January to May, the very trees our people gladly chop down give us an opportunity to feast our eyes on them, when they spurt the most beautiful and colorful flowers. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY RADHA RANGARAJAN

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