The Vivid Gulmohar Tree – July Tree Love

Beneath the gulmohar tree,
In flamboyant love,
A tale of our desires,
Coloring each other,
A bright vermillion,
Under his crimson spread
Shaded in blissful haven.

 

Gulmohar Tree

The Gulmohar Tree, commonly referred to as Gulmohar, symbolizes flamboyant blossoms and cultural splendor and is scientifically identified as Delonix regia. Its vibrant red and orange flowers make it a distinctive and cherished presence in landscapes with a tropical or subtropical climate.

The Gulmohar Tree, scientifically known as Delonix regia or Gulmohar, graces the surroundings with vivid blossoms and cultural splendor. The burst of red amidst the green seems like a contained fire. This striking tree, adorned with vibrant red and orange flowers, not only adds to the natural beauty but also brings a fresh gust in hot summers.

Gulmohar tree, also known as the flame of the forest. It is easy to see why as the orange-red colors of this tree’s flowers are so intense, that it looks like it is on fire. These majestic trees attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, creating a mesmerizing symphony of nature’s beauty.

Gulmohar flowers announce the monsoon in wait. Its colors are a harbinger of good times to come. A respite from heat, a relief from drought, its bright colors symbolize life and the vibrancy it promises. Akin to bright vermillion and its sacred purpose, Gulmohar has a reason of its own to live and thrive.

Gulmohar-laden tree with bright scarlet flowers is quite a site to behold. This gentle tree with frail leaves is a common site in India. Used on pavements, roadsides, and gardens, this tree lives where people do. Apart from ornamental purposes, the Gulmohar tree is also known for its medicinal and economic values

Gulmohar Flowers

In India, widely known as Gulmohar in Hindi and Urdu -‘Gul’ means ‘Flower’ and ‘Mohr’ means ‘Peacock’, suggesting a spectacular show of color, like the extraordinary colors of a peacock’s tail. Gulmohar is also known as Krishnachura in Bengali which means ‘crown of Lord Krishna’. In Vietnamese it is known as Phượng vĩ, meaning “Phoenix’s Tail”

In the Indian state of Kerala, Gulmohar is commonly known as Kaalvarippoo, meaning “the flower of Calvary”. It is a popular belief among Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala that when Jesus was crucified, there was a small Gulmohar tree near his Cross. It is believed that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed over the tree’s flowers, thus giving its sharp red color. Natural dyes can be extracted from these fierce red blossoms.

It grows and flourishes against the sunny summer sky along the roads and gives the passerby a motherly shade. The shed flowers from its branches spread along the pavement as a greeting. I wait for this beauty every summer; it has always managed to brighten up my day if I pass by one.

 

I spotted this beautiful Gulmohar on my recent visit to Mom’s place in Ujjain. The stark contrast of scarlet red flowers against green leaves is a sight to behold! I looked forward to meeting these beautiful red-orange blooms every day on my walks.

The Gulmohar!
Was it just a Gulmohar tree?
or did it mean more?
will it be remembered for its shade
or the beautiful flowers it bore?
will it stand just as a memory,
hidden in some remote corner of the mind?
or will it remain alive forever
like a couplet
against the blows of time?

 

 

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1 Response

  1. Archana says:

    Stunning!! A fully bloomed tree is a sight to behold. Great photos!!!

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