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The plants of Ragihalli

The plants and trees, too, at Ragihalli and Shivanahalli, were lovely to look at. I took a lot of pictures, and am still trying for the id's of some of them.

At the kere (or was, actually, larger than a pond but smaller than a lake, so I don't really don't know how to classify it!),we saw a lot of water plants.

I am not sure if this is just a leaf of the water hyacinth, or another plant. But the colours were so amazing, I just had to capture it!

un id plant leaf

Note the little insect on it...

Here is the WATER HYACINTH ...quite a villain...this plant, I am afraid, will soon choke out the water body if it is not rooted out...

water hyacinth

Looks so deceptively pretty; but I equate CROWS, WATER HYACINTH and LANTANA in the same way...they crowd out every other living being they share their space with.

On a more positive note, on the sunshade of one of the village homes, I found this beautiful


snake gourd flower

These MUSHROOMS were looking very pretty as we walked over the vegetation:

un id mushrooms

There were plenty of these un id WILDFLOWERS on the rocks:

un id wildflower

I also loved this carpet of MOSS, and stroking the soft velvet with my hand was better than having my foot slip on its smooth surface!

moss on the rocks

In many places, the Gloriosa superba (the GLORY or the FLAME LILY) was abloom, what striking flowers they are!
flame lily Gloriosa superba

There was this small wildflower which grew directly on the back of the leaflets of the plant!

un id wildflower flower growing on back of leaf

I thought this was some floral development on this leaf, but Karthik told me it is probably a MEALY BUG with its legs showing on either side of the leaf, I wish I had looked more carefully, but I didn't want to disturb anything!

un id leaf with floral extensions

Another plant was covered with these

WOODY FLOWERS, and made a beautiful picture:

un id wildflower

Some of the woody plants had these UN ID FRUIT:

un id wild fruit

I saw this CLERODENDRUM, with an insect flying near it, for pollination:

Clerodendrum species with bee

After many decades, I saw the KADAMBA trees in the Ramakrishna Ashram; apparently they are prized for their attar. Here's the beautiful


kadamba flower with bee Anthocephalus cadamba and Nauclea cadamba of the Rubiaceae family

Oh, btw, googling for that tree also brought up this Kadamba as the basic ancient script from which Kannada has evolved

It also brought up this intriguing entry

At the ashram I also saw these

BETEL VINES being grown. These are so much a part of our lives:

betel vines at Ramakrisha Ashram

I remember crushing the special "KumbhakONam" betel leaves and giving them, in a little honey, to my daughter, to cure her cough and cold.

Even with domestic plants, there was something to see and appreciate. I thought these were holes where insects had eaten away the leaves, until I looked at the colouring and realized that they were

Patterns on Crotons:

insect holes in croton

Sometimes the leaves and stems themselves made a lovely picture:

croton composition

This post shows why I will never be disappointed or bored when I am on a field trip!
Tags: bannerghatta, birding, flowers, jlr, ntp, photography, wildlife

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