Tag Archives: Kerala

Ballon Plant flowering tree:

Rarely seen fully grown Ballon Plant tree in Wild near Kumili, Thekkady forest reserve area, Kerala, India.

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Gomphocarpus (Asclepias physocarpus) is a plant in the milkweed family (in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the Apocynaceae, formerly the Asclepiadaceae) often used as an ornamental for the striking yellowish, ball-like fruits.

Flowers are followed by unusual fruits that look like hairy, inflated spheres. The pale green, soft, almost translucent, bladder- like follicles, covered with soft hair-like spines, swell to up to 3 inches in diameter. The follicles become yellowish, often tinged with red or brown, when mature, and very gradually split open to release the numerous brown seeds. Each smooth, flattened oval seed has a tuft of long, silky hairs (a pappus) at one end which aids in dispersal by wind. Cut long stems with pods to use in fresh and dried floral arrangements.

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Ashley sparrow Birds:

Came across some wonderful and entertaining tiny Ashley sparrows, in the thick woods of Thekkady at Kerala, India. Took many snaps, here a few of them. They live in groups of 10 to 12 probably the whole family. They are very energetic, swift flyers mostly confined to their own territory and the only bird groups that can chase away the crows out of their terrain.

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