I got to spend a week in New Delhi, India in April. I didn’t have a lot of free time outside of my work obligations, but I spotted some interesting plants here and there. The part of town I was in was very green, with trees everywhere. Even still, with India being highly vegetarian, I probably ate more plants than I saw.
My hotel had some nice palm trees on the grounds. When I think of India palm trees aren’t the first plants that come to mind – especially far from the coast. However, I know very little about Indian flora.
There was a beautiful lotus pond at the hotel. In the morning and early afternoon the flowers were open. By the heat of the afternoon they would close.
My hotel also had a collection of bonsai trees.
I walked about a mile from the hotel to the Lodhi Gardens. Along the way I passed the India Islamic Cultural Centre, where there was a nice aroid (maybe Epipremnum) growing on the trunk of a deceased tree.
The Lodhi Gardens is a public park where a lot of families and friends congregate to just enjoy the outdoors. Inside the gardens are several tombs and a mosque, beautiful old buildings dating back to the 1400s.
I wandered around the gardens until sunset, taking photos and enjoying the hot weather.
Many of the trees in the park were tagged with their species names, including this Cinnamomum camphora.
There were many interesting birds in the park and a large placard that identified some of them. I identified Parakeets, Common Mynah, and House Crow.
Within the grounds of Lodhi Gardens is the “National Bonsai Park.” Apparently it closes earlier in the day, so I wasn’t able to go inside.
Down the street from Lodhi Gardens is the Safdarjung Tomb, which is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture. It looks a bit like the Taj Mahal. On the grounds was a beautiful fl0wering tree native to Madagascar.
On the walk back to the hotel I passed a tree with interesting flowers hanging from inflorescences under the canopy at eye level. It was dusk and my camera battery was dead, so I had to use my phone camera with flash, which resulted in a less than stellar picture.
Some friends helped me identify this tree as Kigelia africana, the Sausage Tree. I have seen these trees at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, with their large seed pods that look like sausages, but I had not seen them in bloom before.
I really enjoyed my limited leisure time in Delhi and I hope to get to visit India again some day.