Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Banks of S'pore River covered in beautiful sakura-like petals

Banks of S'pore River covered in beautiful sakura-like petals
These lovely flowers, which resemble the Japanese sakura, were spotted not in Japan but along the banks of our very own Singapore River.

The flowers are actually not cherry blossoms but are called Tabebuia rosea, says STOMPer Arborist.

Perhaps they can be considered Singapore's version of the beautiful cherry blossoms found in Japan.

In an email dated July 22, STOMPer Arborist says:

"These two pictures were taken at the Singapore River.

"The tall trees (Tabebuia rosea) usually bloom at this time of the year and when the flowers drop you can see a carpet of white and pink flowers on the ground.

"The flowers are bisexual, large and showy, purplish pink to white.

"The sepals are fused into a tubular structure about 2 cm long.

"These trees are very attractive from afar as they often catch your attention with a spectacular display of flowers after a dry spell.

"In Japan, the cherry blossom (sakura) is the unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and holds a very important position in Japanese culture."

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Banks of S'pore River covered in beautiful sakura-like petals

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