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Featured in Hawai’i ~ Aloha Na’au – Feb 13th, 2009
Taken on Maui, Hawaii
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I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.
Lovely..I like trees.
Thank you so much Debra for your kind comment.
– Teresa Zieba
I can’t help you, Teresa, but these trees are beautiful!
Thanks a lot Claudia.
This is an umbrella, or monkeypod, tree… (I think). Sharon?
Thank you so much Clark. I did some research thanks to your suggestions and I think it’s a Monkey Pod Tree so that’s what I’m going to call it.
It si a bueautiful tree and excellent capture !!
Thank you Carlos. Appreciate it.
I love it. It kinda reminds me of the tree in the movie Hatari that they shoot the not over to capture the monkeys.
Thanks a lot Al.
Aloha Tenia, ’Ae, they are known as the Monkey Pod (Pithecellobium saman), it is beautiful wood with many traditional uses, like Koa.
“Although it may be rare in some parts of its range, especially at the periphery, the species is reported to be rather widespread, abundant and globally secure (Source – The Nature Conservancy – Rank of relative endangerment based primarily on the number of occurrences of the species worldwide).”
The genus Pithecellobium is reported to consist of shrubs and trees that are distributed in the tropical regions of the world. Monkey pod (P. saman ) is reported to grow in forests and at the edge of forests, alongside roads and pathways in central and eastern Paraguay. It is also reported to grow from the Antilles to Paraguay, and is widely planted and naturalized throughout the West Indies, Mexico southward, and in other tropical regions including Africa where it grows in towns, villages and alon roadsides. It prefers well-drained fertile soils. An introduced species from South America, Monkey pod is also reported to be often planted as a shade tree in several parts of India, Burma, and the Andamans."
“Albizia saman is known under a wide range of common names, such as Saman, Rain Tree or Monkey Pod (see also below). It is often placed in the genus Samanea, which by yet other authors is subsumed in Albizia entirely. This legume tree is native to the mainland neotropics, from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil, but has been widely introduced to the Pacific islands, including Hawaiʻi.
It is well-attested in many languages and has numerous local names in its native range. Most names that originated in Europe (where the tree hardly grows at all) are some variety of “Rain Tree”. The original name, Saman – known in many languages and used for the specific name – derives from zamang, meaning “Mimosoideae tree” in some Cariban language of northern Venezuela" " “Information Source”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_saman
However, the tree does have several different names. Besides Monkeypod, it’s also widely known as a Rain Tree. This name probably comes from the fact that grass under a Monkeypod tree always remains green, even in times of drought. That’s partly because the tree’s leaves curl up and close at night, which allows rain to more easily pass through to the ground. There are a few other reasons, too. The first is the tree’s large canopy, which keeps the ground below shaded and cool. Secondly, the Monkeypod tree adds a lot of nitrogen to the surrounding soil from its seed pod droppings, which makes the grass greener. Nitrogen is essential for plant growth, as it’s a major component of chlorophyll. Another reason it’s called a rain tree? When the tree is heavily flowering, the stamens from the flowers sometimes drop to the ground, like rain.
Ho’omaika’i ‘Ana dearest Tenia,Congratulations on your wonderful feature in "Hawai’i ~ Aloha Na’au":http://www.redbubble.com/groups/hawaii
Thank you so much sweetie for your comments and the feature.
Absolutely amazing :) Beautiful image
Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it.
Fantastic image !!! Wonderful tree!
I’ve never seen these trees before I went to Hawaii. They are absolutely amazing.
this is a beautiful tree and a wonderful capture!
Thjank you so much Susanne.