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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cannonball Tree Flower



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The Cannonball Tree flowers do not have nectar, so these flowers are mainly visited by bees in search of pollen, outside the native range of habitat carpenter bees are considered to be the principal pollinators. Both the fruit and the flower grow from stalks which sprout from the trunk of the tree. The Cannonball Tree flowers are found on thick tangled extrusions that grow on the trunk of the tree, these are found just below the foliage branches. The extrusions however, can range from two to six feet in length. The "flowers are attached to an upwardly bent, white fleshy disk." The flowers are six petals, which are large orange-red in color and are strongly perfumed. In pollination fertile stamens can be found in a ring around reduced style and stamens. The sterile pollen are locate in the anthers. As a bee enters to pollinate the flower its back is against the ring with fertile pollen, this allows the bee to carry the fertile pollen to another flower. The differences in the pollen was noticed by a French Botanist in 1825. This discovery was made by Antoine Porteau. The differences in the pollen are as follows: The pollen of the ring stamens in fertile while the hood pollen is sterile.




Source: Wikipedia

Photos are taken at Tanglin Road, Singapore near the author's workplace.







34 comments:

  1. Oh! To found such a unique flowers just nearby my place! :) Very interesting plant with an interesting name, Cannonball!

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  2. allow me to add more info to your flower:
    This large deciduous tropical tree, 75" tall and indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, is listed as a rare tree and flower in India. The leaves, up to 6" long, are simple with serrate margin; it flowers in racemes which is cauliflorus; the yellow, reddish and pink flowers are stunning fragrant. These are 3" to 5" waxy aromatic smelling, pink and dark-red flowers growing directly on the bark of the trunk. The tree bears, directly on the trunk and main branches, large globose woody fruits; they look like big rusty cannonballs hanging in clusters, like balls on a string. Cannon ball trees usually carry 'CAUTION' signs posted on the trunks to advise people not to stand close to and directly under the fruits as one can get hurt as they drop off by themselves. The fruit contains small seeds in a white, unpleasant smelling white jelly, which are exposed when the upper half of the fruit goes off like a cover. The long dangling fruity branches give the tree an unkempt appearance. The hard shells are used to make containers and utensils. Cannon ball flowers are considered of special significance in Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka. In Tamil Nadu [a state in India] , it is called Nagalingam flower. The sivalingam shape is visible at the center of the flower and snake shaped pollen is the specialty of this flower and it has very good fragrance. This rare flower can be used for prayer for Lord Shiva [Hindu mythological God].. thanks for your lovely post

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  3. Wow...Cher, those are immaculate photos of cannonball flowers.

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  4. This is another great and informative post. What an amazing tree! These orange-red flowers are stunning and your photos so beautiful.

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  5. I found this post really interesting that I had questions to enter in the comments section for you.

    Thanks to Nagvee for answering the questions I had about this post.

    No need to ask now. :)

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  6. if you happen to visit Penang Botanical Garden, you'll find the Cannonball Tree after the entrance. It looks very unique.

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  7. Thank you for introducing me to this fascinating flower. The inside reminds me of a sea anemone. Beautiful and unusual!

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  8. What an absolutely lovely flower.

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  9. WOW! I wish I could grow one of those in my backyard! -kate

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  10. wonderful flower....
    I have never seen this flower in my place...

    Great colour...looks like a real cannon ball
    :)

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  11. These flowers are so soft, pastel and clean. You've done a fantastic job of photography here.

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  12. The Cannonball tree flower is so pretty. Thanks for sharing it.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. Oh wow, Cher, I cannot remember having seen a cannonball flower. I love it's color. The flower looks big for the space in between each bud, makes me wonder how it would look if all the buds bloom -beautiful. You did a good job in capturing it's essence, nice shot, girl!

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  14. hi guys! thank you so much for all the wonderful comments!

    @ Naqvee, I appreciate the additional info you provided. in fact, i'm planning to post a separate entry about Cannonbal Tree in my site (http://simplycherrific.blogspot.com/) that's why i concentrated about the flower itself. ;)

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  15. wow! what a lovely flower! never seen nor heard of it before..

    thanks che, for an informative post! cheers!

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  16. great shots of the flower and thanks for the informative post. :)

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  17. Such a lovely flower. Have never seen this unique flora before.

    Beautiful!

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  18. Very interesting flowers. If you look at the petals closely in macro, it has a characteristic of an orchids.

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  19. Cher, your cannon ball tree flowers are simply beautiful, i did maybe saw some in Malaysia but didn't had a chance to photograph them, but thanks to your post girlash now i can enjoy them :)

    thanks for sharing them to us Cher :)

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  20. These flowers are lovely and the way they are captured are amazing !! Thanks for sharing the beauty !!

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  21. You are always quick to come by my page when I get a new post, thanks for being one of my early bird visitors. I love flowers and always see the beauty in them. This one's a never seen before and I'm glad to see this from you. Happy day to all Salitype members.

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  22. Wow Cher ! this is really interesting and they are so cute and they must smell really good ! I love the peach color !

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  23. I love the pale tangerine color of the flower it's gorgeous.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  24. i didn't know of this flower, it has a pleasant color and very attractive =)

    good evening!!

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  25. Gorgeous flowers and a very interesting plant!

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  26. Hey! I know! I know! I know how it got it's name! I think a little boy somewhere started plucking those "balls" right there off of the tree, and throwing them at his mother's face! Crying out "cannonnnbaaaalllll!" OH that would be my son... haha! :)

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  27. I am not sure if I have seen these flowers. Its beautiful though!

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  28. Cannonball it is! love its color and shape.....we have such a wonderful Creator, thanks for sharing Cherrific Cher!

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  29. Beautiful photos of a unique flower and a very informative post. The flower is truly stunning, the colors are so soft and delicate. I really enjoyed this post.

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  30. you have an interesting blog..
    those flowers are so pretty..

    btw, you can find roses for delivery at 88DB

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  31. Wow, this is amazingly unique! I've never seen this flower before. So beautiful!

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