By Dipanjan Ghosh
The author is based in Burdwan, West Bengal.
Amherstia is a rare tree of great grandeur bedecked with beautiful flowers and drooping leaves, unfortunately found sparsely in India. Highly endangered, this species today seeks proper care and conservation for its survival in this struggle bound earth.
There are myriad flowering trees that enjoy sovereignty in a wide range of habitats. Among them is the tree of heaven (Amherstia nobilis Wall.) or Simsapa, as it is locally known, a medium sized evergreen tropical tree. Amherstia is so rare that it has been collected from the wild only a couple of times in the forests of Myanmar. The breathtaking beauty of the flowers along with its obscurity adds to the mystique of this glorious tree. Historical background Amherstia...