The #sacred Cannonball #tree

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DSC_0465Couroupita guianensis fruit These amazing trees are commonly found in Shiva temples in India and also around Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

DSC_0466 Hindus regard it as the sacred tree because the flower petals resemble the hood of the ‘Naga’, a sacred snake protecting the stigma known as the ‘Shiva lingham’.

DSC_0467 The flowers of the tree have no nectar within them. They do, however, contain pollen, carried mainly by bees, which is so abundant that the bees use it as a ready source of nourishment while getting thoroughly coated during their meal, and thus cross-fertilizing other tree flowers.

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