Nile Tulip/ Markhamia lutea
Common name: Nile Tulip
Indian names: Kannada: Kumkuma
Botanical names: Markhamia lutea (earlier Dolichondrone)
Family: Bignoniaceae (Jacaranda family)
Native to Africa, Markhamia was named in the honor of botanist C. Robert Markham (1830-1916), who worked in India.
This evergreen reaches more than 10 ms in its zones of origin. Leaves, of 20-30 cm in length, normally arranged in groups in the ends of the branches.
Flowers in terminal clusters, are tubular trumpet shaped, yellow in colour, with orange-reddish spots in the throat. They measure 5-6 cm in length.
After the flowering season one can see long pods hanging on the trees. As the pods turn brown, they become twisted. These pods, measuring in excess of a foot and half in length, remain on the tree for a long time.
This tree grows tall; and does not branch very much.
Location at the lake:
Near the coconut grove and at the far end (hutments side) near the main road
28-Aug-2011 First flowers of Markhamia lutea