Of boats that grow on trees

Did you know that there are trees in Bangalore on which boat-shaped structures grow? I didn’t, till the husband showed some to me, when we were newly married. They were duly forgotten all about till recently.

Can you spot some boats on the dry branches?

It is the season of the boats now in Bangalore, and many of these trees around the city are sporting them. I brought home one yesterday, and the OH and I had a wonderful time playing with it.

This reminds me of the country boats that we saw in Kerala

Apparently, this tree is called Coloured Sterculia, and it has beautiful, bright orange flowers. The boats appear on the trees when the flowers have gone out of season. (Source)

The OH told me stories of how he and his brothers used to pick up scores of these boats from off the roads when they were kids, put toy soldiers into them and float them in large tubs filled with water in their bathrooms or in rainwater puddles on the streets. What a grand time they must have had! πŸ™‚ I, being a thoroughly city-bred child brought up entirely in an apartment complex, missed out on these little joys of life. Sigh!

Floating in water

Nature has enough to offer to spur one’s imagination, to keep one occupied for hours on end. Only if one looks closely enough.

I hope I am able to instill in my children a love and for these nature-made boats, and to teach them to appreciate its gifts.


18 thoughts on “Of boats that grow on trees

  1. I have seen this tree with the boats πŸ™‚ Like OH even we played with it πŸ™‚
    I loved your lines – “Nature has enough to offer to spur one’s imagination, to keep one occupied for hours on end. Only if one looks closely enough: – well said!


  2. Thanks for the post TGND.. I have lots of memories with these boats too… πŸ™‚ Me and mother would keep collecting dried flowers, weeds and during summer holidays – we stuck these dried flowers onto these boats and displayed them in the showcase.. Some were even painted with gold and silver.. I still have a few of them.. πŸ™‚


  3. You brought back so many fond memories TGND! πŸ™‚
    We had one such huge tree opposite to our house, when we were growing up. The time of the year it’s filled with these boats, it is also filled with thin paper like seeds, which come whirling down in the air, rotating like helicopter blades. πŸ™‚ Loads of seeds on the road creating a mess for the adults who had to clean. But we kids had lots of fun playing with it and floating the boats of course! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the post and the pictures! πŸ™‚


  4. Nature has enough to offer to spur one’s imagination, to keep one occupied for hours on end. Only if we look closely enough. – How true!

    Many a times we are so busy to stop a moment and look around us for the beauty that this nature has to offer us. I have crossed these trees and boats so many times and have never thought of taking one into hand – forget playing.


  5. Nature is like a mystery. The more you see the more you want to explore! And this was one of the moments which made me realise that! πŸ™‚


      1. Nature is beautiful. . I did not know about this tree..

        Reminds of the ghazal. .
        Yeh daulat bhi le lo
        Yeh shauharat bhi le lo
        Bale cheen lo mujhse meri jawani
        Magar mujjhko lauta do
        Bachpan ka saw an
        Woh kagaz ki kishti
        Woh barish ka paani


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