Baccuarea Courtallensis

         Tropical evergreen forests of Western Ghats are home to a many endangered species of flora and flora. Baccuarea tree that grows in dense forests here bears a crimson coloured

flowers on long stalks growing on protrude from the trunk of the tree ( Cauliflory ). These stalks grows in clusters on the trunk. When in bloom the whole trunk appears red and awesome sight to witness. The tree bears fruit and it hangs from the trunk of the tree.They are tasteless too. Monkeys , lion tailedMacaque’s, feed on them. Local tribe called kanni visit forests to extract herbs too collect them. These flowers bloom during January and February. In Kannada the flower is known as Kolikuki. Naturalists say that there are more than 40 species of flowering trees like this in Indian subcontinent and are also found in the dense forests of Southeast Asia.

Text and Photo by : Vishwanath R Dugganahalli

Vishwanath Radhakrishna

Summiters was founded  by Vishwanath in the year 2005.  Being an avid nature enthusiast he started this concern as a freelancer and also helped a lot of fellow enthusiasts.  He is a certified Mountaineer  from Nehru institute of mountaineering and trained Wilderness First Responder  from NOLS ; USA.  He conducts wilderness camps in Western ghats , Himalayas and also locally.  He has custom designed  and executed various outdoor based learning activities at school, colleges and corporate levels.  In addition to these, he is a trained passionate PADI scuba diver, a  freelance writer and photographer. His  articles and photographs have been published  in several mainstream news papers and magazines.  He participates at National, International level photo salons and has won several certificate's of merit.

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