Monday, April 2, 2012

A Carpet of Yellow

Narra flowers on paver
Flowering narra
The carpet of yellow narra flowers
Quick Post: It is unusual to see the Ateneo empty of people on a Monday morning. The absence of crowds is compensated with a bright yellow color carpeting the pavements and lawns around campus.  Prolific bloomers narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and siar (Peltophorum pterocarpum) were at their best, flashing their golden display of flowers.  The sudden blow of the breeze sends thousands of petals showering down onto the few onlookers below the canopy.  A spectacle, yet only a few people would get to appreciate its beauty. Just goes to show that the trees bring out their flower not primarily for people to enjoy.  In a few more weeks these would turn into pods which carry narra and siar seeds. Thus the blooms would have properly served their purpose to entice...but not humans but the trees' pollinators.

Siar flowers on the grass

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