Colorful Royapettah

Ain’t we cute though smallish?

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Vetchi in glorious pink (common name: scarlet ixora, scientific/latin name: ixora coccinea)

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Aptly called Flaming Blossom!

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Erukku (common name: the crown flower, scientific/latin name: Calotropis gigantea). Among other uses, their latex is applied to poison arrow tips!

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Perungali (common name: Champa White, Chameli, Frangipani, scientific/latin name: Oleander family). On Marina Beach in the evening – would you believe they stood under the sun all day long without wilting a wee bit?

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Walking past without pausing to say ‘Hi’? No chance!

Popping up on small shrubs, from Oleander family?

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From Calathea family? The broad leaves make them suitable for low-light environs like indoors.

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Like White Angels Trumpets, the flowers hang down from trees in bunches. But far from being ‘trumpets’ they have well-formed petals at the end of a long thin stem. Weak fragrance.

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And who are we?

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