Photo Essay – 10 colors and flowers of Kaas

4 Nov

Its Diwali time and for me somehow Diwali celebrations are always associated with colors – colorful clothes, crackers, lights, decorations, rangoli, sweets, etc etc. There is a riot of colors in pretty much everything around and as far as the eye can see. Though I missed taking my camera out this year to capture the Diwali celebrations (have been busy with quite a few things of late), I still wanted to post something as colorful on the blog today. And then I thought to myself, what better way to post on colors than 10 different flowers of Kaas in 10 different colors and shades. So do read on and share some of the colors of Kaas via its unique flowers.

  • Elephant’s Trunk – This flower has 2  pinkish violet vertical petals, two horizontal petals and one moon shaped one in the centre that s rolled to form a tunnel. As an insect lands on the central petal, its weight draws out trunk like organ from the tunnel and this organ sprays pollen all over the insect.
Elephant's Trunk, Kaas

Elephant’s Trunk, Kaas

  • Cynotis Cristata – This is a small herb found in Kaas with blue flowers and hair.
Cynotis Cristata, Kaas

Cynotis Cristata, Kaas

  • Pinda Concanensis – This is an annual herb with tuberous roots, which grows up to 1-2 ft high. It has short branched stems and white flowers that are arranged in beautiful compound umbels.
Pinda Concanensis, Kaas

Pinda Concanensis, Kaas

  • Smithia / Mickey Mouse Flower –  This flower has bright yellow petals with two oval red spots and below that are two small petals that look like a mustache. Hence they are also called mickey mouse flowers.
Smithia / Mickey Mouse Flower, Kaas

Smithia / Mickey Mouse Flower, Kaas

  • Pleocaulus ritchei / Topli Karvi – This is a common foliage found all around Kaas and flowers once in a decade thereby transforming the entire plateau in a single color.
Pleocaulus ritchei / Topli Karvi, Kaas

Pleocaulus ritchei / Topli Karvi, Kaas

  • Bharangi – This is an edible flower found all over this region as roadside bushes. I love the tentacles coming out of the flowers.
Bharangi, Kaas

Bharangi, Kaas

  • Adenoon indicum – Or the Blue Sonki is an erect branched plant with blue-purple flower-heads occur in corymbose panicles. I loved the complex arrangement of petals in the flower.
Adenoon indicum, Kaas

Adenoon indicum, Kaas

  • Catkins – This is a kind of rootstock with spiny leaves and violet catkins.
Catkins, Kaas

Catkins, Kaas

  • Two unnamed flowers  – I saw these two flowers in Kaas which I have not been able to identify, hence in case there are any botanists here, please help with this.
Unnamed at Kaas

Unnamed at Kaas

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9 Responses to “Photo Essay – 10 colors and flowers of Kaas”

  1. desi Traveler (@desiTraveler) November 5, 2013 at 00:36 #

    Beautiful pictures, and thanks for explaining a bit about the flowers also…

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  2. Tish Farrell November 5, 2013 at 02:34 #

    This is a very lovely post. Thanks for visiting my blog, and happy Diwali. I like your take on the celebrations.

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  3. sindhoooo November 5, 2013 at 12:10 #

    Awesome pictures! I am mad about flowers especially the wild ones. Thanks for the ID 🙂

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    • getsetandgo November 12, 2013 at 22:14 #

      Anytime and thanks for your kind words always 🙂

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  4. sindhoooo November 5, 2013 at 12:22 #

    Out of the two unnamed flowers, the second one is Lantana. I had posted about Lantana here:
    http://sindhudevik.blogspot.in/2013/09/lantana-photography.html
    Hope you like it.

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    • getsetandgo November 12, 2013 at 22:18 #

      Hey, super thanks for identifying this one for me and I shall update the post soon 🙂 Really appreciate this.

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