L for "Lobster Claw"

Stunning Lobster ClawCommon Name: Lobster Claw, Hanging HeliconiaBotanical Name: Heliconia rostrataLobster Claws are another pride of my parents' garden. The photograph below was clicked last year at home. The gorgeous red colour of the flower with golden yellow edges is quite a delight against the plant's tall green stalks.Lobster Claws in bloom last year at …

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K for Keteki

Common Name: Kewda, Umbrella Tree, Screw PineScientific Name: Pandanus odoriferAssamese Name: KetekiKeteki is another significant flower of Assam. The flower has a very strong fragrance, and when in bloom can be smelled from a distance. Kewda plant is dioecious, with male and female flowers produced on different plants. That's interesting, isn't it! Only the flowers …

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J for "(Night-flowering) Jasmine"

Common Name: Night-flowering Jasmine, Coral JasmineScientific Name: Nyctanthes arbor-tristisAssamese Name: SewaliSewali is a night-flowering tree with white flowers with orange stems. It is of two varieties, one flowers all the year round (perennial) and the other flowers only in the months of September-October (seasonal). The tree is also known as the "the tree of sorrow", …

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I for "Indian Laburnum"

Common Name: Indian Laburnum, Golden Shower TreeScientific Name: Cassia fistulaAssamese Name: SonaruIndian Laburnum is perhaps my favourite flowering tree. When in full bloom, the bright golden yellow flowers engulfs the entire tree. It is such a beautiful sight, which always brings a smile to my lips.The Golden Shower tree is the state flower of Kerela, …

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H for "Hibiscus"

A Red Carnation Hibiscus in bloom at home several years ago Common Name: HibiscusScientific Name: HibiscusAssamese Name: JobaThe Hibiscus family has a wide range of colourful varieties. In Assam, the Chinese Rose variety  (Rokto Joba meaning Vermilion Hibiscus), which has five overlapping petals as well it frilly multi-petaled cousin (Red carnations Hibiscus), are the popular varieties. At …

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G for "Gardenia"

From our home garden Common Name: Gardenia, Cape JasmineScientific Name: Gardenia jasminoidesAssamese Name: Togor Togor is an important and popular flower in Assam households. It is synonymous with the spring season. When in bloom, the sweetly fragrant flower scents up the entire premises. In Assam, Togor flowers are a delicacy. We collect the withered yellowish flowers and …

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F for "Foxtail Orchid"

In full bloom Common Name: Foxtail OrchidScientific Name: Rhynchostylis retusaAssamese Name: Kopou Phul Orchids are the pride of my father's (Deta) garden. Basically orchids are of two types, the epiphytic orchids and the terrestrial or ground orchids. Epiphytic orchids are commonly grown in pieces of bricks, charcoal, Styrofoam pellets, fern roots; whereas the terrestrial variety grow and …

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E for "English Marigold"

 Common Name: English Marigold, Calendula, Pot Marigold, Ruddles, Scottish MarigoldScientific Name: Calendula officinalisCalendula is another flower which is a common sight in our gardens back home. The short plants with elongated fleshy leaves and yellow-orange flowers is a pretty sight in the winter/spring sun.Calendula flowers has medicinal properties and also widely used as a dye …

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