Last month, I visited University of Pune after a long time. A wave of nostalgia swept over me. While some of the areas of the campus were still the same, some have changed completely. However, this Cannonball tree was still the same.
The fruits of this plant are spherical, hence the name Cannonball tree. The Cannon ball tree blooms and bears fruit simultaneously. The large brightly coloured flowers have strong and sweet scented smell. They are orange, scarlet or pink in color, growing from stalks sprouting from the tree trunk. They do stink once they fall off and ferment.
I haven’t seen much of these trees around Pune city, but there are some in parks and gardens. The snake like vines, the overpowering scent and the ball like fruit surely makes this tree stand out from the rest.