The ‘cannonball tree’ is one that can be spotted all over Bangalore. The tree gets its name from its fruit, round and hard and thick-skinned, akin to a cannonball.
The scientific name of the tree is Couroupita guianensis, while ‘cannonball tree’ is its popular name. Some people also call it the ‘Shiva Linga tree’.
Standing below this tree can be a risky business, for obvious reasons – so one should steer clear of them. Unless, of course, one is taking photographs of the tree. 🙂
The ‘cannonballs’ burst when they are ripe, I am assuming, and out comes a shoot bearing a number of buds.
The buds open in time to reveal a uniquely shaped, pink flower, the shape of which gives the tree its popular name of ‘Shiva Linga tree’.
Wikipedia tells me that each of these flowers has exactly six petals, no more and no less. Now, if that is not a miracle of God, tell me what is.
Have you seen this tree or smelled its flowers any time? If you haven’t, well,….. maybe it’s time to stop and take notice! 🙂