Patna zoo, located in Patna India, has recently acquired some rare and beautiful plants to enhance the zoo grounds.
The zoo will soon be home to some of the rarest plants in the city, most of whom are not native to the area.
One notable plant is Adansonia Digitata, common names for this rare tree are: baobab, dead-rat tree (from the appearance of the fruits), monkey-bread tree (the soft, dry fruit is edible), upside-down tree (the sparse branches resemble roots) and cream of tartar tree.
This huge tree can grow as tall as 98 feet and the trunk can grow to a diameter of 52 feet or more! The trunks are so large that they have been used as houses, pubs and even bus stops!
Another tree worth mentioning is Schefflera actinophylla, common names for this one are: Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree and Amate.
This beauty is a multi-trunk evergreen tree. It grows up to 49 feet tall and produces up to 1,000 flowers in it’s flowering season, which starts in early summer and lasts for several months. This tree produces racemes up to 6.5 feet long that contain up to 1,000 small red flowers.
This tree is native to tropical rain forests and in gallery forests in Australia (eastern Queensland and the Northern Territory), New Guinea and Java. I hope the zoo is aware that this is an agressive plant who’s roots quickly take up a large area. In some areas (like Hawaii and Florida) it is considered to be an invasive weed, so planting this one is not usually reccomended!
Besides the two unusual trees mentioned above the zoo will also be home to another rare tree, Pseudobombax Ellipticum (White Shaving Brush Tree), as well as more than 15 endangered species of plants.