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Naked in Silk

White silk cotton tree/ Ceiba pentandra/ The Great Kapok Tree.

The kapok tree is deciduous, shedding all of its leaves during the dry season. As its seeds are easily blown into open areas, kapok trees are some of the first to colonize open areas in the forest. The white and pink flowers of the kapok tree emit a foul odor that attracts bats. As the flying mammals move from flower to flower feasting on the nectar, they transfer pollen on their fur, thus facilitating pollination. The kapok tree does a great job at spreading its seeds, producing anywhere between 500 and 4,000 fruits at one time, with each fruit containing 200 seeds. When these fruit burst open, silky fibers spread the many seeds all over the forest. Source

Taken on 13 April, 2010.

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R. Ramesh said...

wow brilliant ya:)

Tarun Mitra said...

nice capture

Manjunath said...

Nice pic!!! looks like small sized papaya...

Prateek said...

I didn't know you had a photoblog! great!

polarising filter eh?

Nalini Hebbar said...

@Prateek...just auto-contrasted on Picasa...welcome to my photos!

Anonymous said...

Superb pic..i think I should say it as pics..
went through all the pics and this is my favorite..