Saturday, September 08, 2007

300+ yrs and going on…

This Silk Cotton Ceiba Tree [Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.] tree in lalbagh is said to be more than 300yrs old…. Oh! What a marvelous tree, large branches, huge base. The tree must have seen three generations of mankind and a sure witness to the city’s growth from many kings, empires and rulers to the present day.I wish, If only this tree could speak!!

8 comments:

julia Sat Sep 08, 12:00:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Yes, the tree has a lot of support from the base upward, magnificent, we have trouble from big trees with shallow root systems and also have some of those vivid flame trees - but not many.

TOG Sat Sep 08, 06:56:00 PM GMT+5:30  

On Thursday, September 6, 2007 I posted Chorisia speciosa, the silk cotton tree. When I saw your silk cotton tree I realized that we use the wrong common name and our tree is floss silk tree. There is a silk cotton Ceiba tree about four blocks from our house and not until now did I realize the I call both trees a silk cotton tree. More interesting, that forty years ago I gave a friend a silk cotton tree thinking that it was the beautiful flowering Chorisia. Their tree grew to be a giant but I never saw it bloom. The tree is so big and the flowers so small you have to look closely to see them.

Rajesh Dangi Sat Sep 08, 09:14:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Thanks Julia and Tog for sharing such intersting information and thoughts...

Maddie Sun Sep 09, 06:01:00 AM GMT+5:30  

what a gorgeous photo :)

I love how trees are soooo
rooted and then reach sooo
high to peek at the stars:)

• Eliane • Mon Sep 10, 09:07:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Oh wow! Great roots!

Santosh Wed Sep 12, 10:41:00 PM GMT+5:30  

that was really superb!

Dee Mon Sep 17, 01:01:00 AM GMT+5:30  

This tree is probably older than the US. Wow.

Mónica Tue Sep 18, 03:14:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Amazing.