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 This one is called "Rui" in Marathi.  रुई 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Lantana (Lantana camara) (see below for pic) is a tough evergreen shrub with an unpleasant aroma. Stems and leaves are rough in texture and covered with hairs. It can grow in full sun and semi-shade. Lantana requires well-drained soil and can tolerate drought. Propagation is by seed or cuttings.

Lantana is used as a diaphoretic, carminative and stimulant. It is also considered as a remedy for sprains and respiratory diseases.

 

 

 

 

 every kid in the colony has grown up playing with this!

 

Silver Cockscomb

Common name: Silver Cockscomb, Flamingo Feathers,

Wheat Celosia • Marathi: कुरडू Kurdu
Botanical name: Celosia argentea var. spicata   

Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Celosia spicata

Silver cockscombs are erect, branching plants with oval or lance-shaped, strongly veined leaves 2-6 in long and hundreds of tiny flowers packed in dense spikes of silver-white flowers which usually stand above the foliage. They are beautiful plants with soft, dense feathery spikes, produced in profusion. Wonderful straw-like flower when dried. It offers fresh shape and colour to cut flower, or everlasting flower arrangements, with 10-13cm flower spikes on 60cm stems. Slender, cylindrical pink or rose flowerheads have a metallic sheen because the individual flowers are silvery-white at their bases. Excellent as a flowering pot plant. Height 60-75cm.


 

 

 

Common name: Sonkadi • Hindi: बिछलू Bichhloo •

Marathi: सोनकाडी Sonkadi
Botanical name: Pentanema indicum   

Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Inula indica, Vicoa indica

Sonkadi is an erect annual herb, 1-3 ft tall. Stems are branched in the upper part. Branches are cylindrical and leafy. Alternately arranged, oblong-lancelike leaves are stalkless, 3-8 cm long, and hairy. The leaves have rounded "ears" at the base. Yellow flower-heads, 1-2 cm across, occur singly on slender stalks. Ray flowers are 12-24, narrow, 3-toothed at the tip. Disc flowers are yellow. This flower can be easily distinguished from Sonsari by the number of "petals" (ray flowers) in the two.

Identification credit: Kaushal Chandak

 

the kids use to play raja rani with this one... they pinched it betweent their thumbs and first fingure...if it poped out, it was a raja, if it sulked down it was a rani !!

 

 

 

 

 

Chatur ;-)

 

 the powerful red one- hard to catch!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parrots sitting on Kapilvastu building

 

How to cross a road?

(Look at all 4 pics in a sequence to find the answer)

First look straight and be attentive- 

Then look at your right:

Then look at your left-

 Then it's all yourz bahyby :-)