1 / 16

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.

Trees of Bangalore - Garden City says it with flowers

17 April 2012

“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

What to read next

Drivers Born Between 1953 And 1983 Must Read This

United States drivers who drive less than 50mi/day will be surprised. If you pay more than $50/month for auto insurance, you better read this...

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 3.25% (3.405% APR) 30 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Commercial Audio/Video System Design

Revitalize your business with a new sound system

Single and over 45?

There are thousands of singles online now! Find your next date here. Click to browse profiles and pics for free!

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Get 75,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points! Terms Apply. Offer ends 5/4

15 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day

Do you eat any of these cancer causing foods? Number 12 will surprise you. Check out the list now.