October at the Victoria Gardens

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Victoria Gardens, Byculla, Rani Bagh, Mumbai

Flag of India  , Mahārāshtra,
Monday, October 18, 2010

Another visit to our favourite gardens, Mumbai's Rani Bagh at Byculla.  This time it was after more than a month.  There is always something here, delightful to see:

Rare climber, most probably the only one of its kind in Mumbai:  Amphilophium mutisii of the Bignoniaceae family
             








                            









                A bunch of Areca nuts!
                                


















A gynomous toad, or is he a bull frog, lurking in the pond of the Japanese garden.  I last remember seeing a frog of this size when I was a child, many decades ago!



















An unseasonal crop of flower buds of the Brownea Coccinea tree about to burst into full bloom, perhaps after a week:
             





















Pretty butterflies.  There were many more but they refused to pose!


























The chocolate tree - Theobroma cacao of the Sterculiaceae family.  Here is a cacao or cocoa pod.  The size of these huge pods are inversely proportionate to the size of the tiny flowers.
     























The impressive Cannon Ball tree - Couroupita guaianensis - in two shades, red and peach.  Red is more common.




























Look at this beautiful red Couroupita carpet beneath the tree.  No photograph can ever capture the divine fragrance of these beautiful flowers, also used in the worship of Lord Siva.






























The hapless zoo elephants.  Despite a 2009 government notification requiring all zoo elephants to be moved to more conducive surroundings such as national parks, no one is willing to take in these two and thus they remain here at the Byculla zoo.
























































A young man catching 40 winks on a park bench, oblivious of his surroundings.  He must be really tired - at 10 in the morning!
            





















The rare and exquisite Gustavia augusta tree of the Lecythidaceae family.  Not found elsewhere in Mumbai.
        
























One of the many Ironwood trees - Mesua ferrea of the Clusiaceae family - in full bloom; one with a double flower:



















































The strange Parmentiera cereifera tree - Candle Stick Tree so named for its fruits - of the Bignoniaceae family:







































There is no shortage of cute little squirrels here:



































Stunning magenta water lilies at the pond in the Japanese garden
      















A few wildflowers in the undergrowth:
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