This is the story of a flower... from the seed stage...
I saw these 'ajjara gadda-like' (thaaththa dhaadi' or granpa's beard!) things strewn all over my small lawn one morning, last week! I had never noticed them earlier. I have got these flowers for many years now and have seen the long horn-like seeds but not these things, which were inside the long seed! My blogger mind decided to take pictures of them from morning to evening...have a look and enjoy nature's magic!
I saw them like this, in the morning! It took sometime for me to register from where they had come!
They were like this in the afternoon...blooming to fly!
They had literally started flying and touched my face too! So beautiful looking things!
Click on the picture and you can notice the sunlight reflecting on them!
No, it is not yet Deepawali, but these things look like sparklers!
This is the main seed. The closed seed was there for many days now. Looks like a flying bird, right?! It decided to open on that day!
The lone, what shall I call it, no it is not flower, baby seed(!) is still sticking, doesn't want to leave yet! Isn't this beautiful?! I love the colour combination here!
This is THE FLOWER...do you remember something? Yes, my profile flower!
I checked with our friend wikipedia and it says that this (wind dispersal) is one method of dispersing seeds away from the mother plant which gives more scope for survival. So nature has given them feathers to fly away and germinate again!
By the way, I don't know the botanical or common name of the flower, please tell me if anyone knows! This is sort of me, you know!
Edited to add an hour later: My niece, Sharada, has mentioned about the name of the flower...Desert Rose! Botanical name is, Adenium Obesum. Interesting note in wikipedia about this flower: The toxic sap of its roots and stems is used as arrow poison for hunting large game throughout much of Africa!