Lal Zumber or Brownea Coccinea

An exciting activity of watching Lal Zumbar or Brownea Coccinea or Scarlet Flame Bean (Caesalpiniaceae Family) flower clusters in orange red colour.


I had been watching a group of small evergreen trees in Aditi garden, Pune, India.
  It looked interesting because of their dwarf structure. It was during winter, when I saw these trees bearing some interesting structures!
They were the bunches of light pinkish brown leaves! 
I uploaded the photos to my favourite Indian Flora group on FB. Some kind biologists (names forgotten) suggested that it might be Brownea Coccinea. I was surprised to see scarlet flowers showed up in the Google search. I had not seen those trees bearing any flowers past a year. I thought it was not that plant and doubtfully asked those biologists again… They firmly said that it is Brownea Coccinea and the flowers won’t show up unless we look closely.

It was during early spring days…


I found very beautiful Brownea Coccinea flowers. Just like the Asoka flowers, I saw them on some of the old branches that were not at all visible from outside. I was very happy that I finally located them! 

Thanks to those who selflessly helped me to identify Brownea Coccinea and a big thanks to Shivaprakash Nedle, a passionate biologist (brother of my co sister), who introduced me to Indian Flora 🙂

Identifucation Credits: 

Indian Flora Group on Facebook

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About Sindhu

A nature lover and dreamer who expresses herself as an artist, fashion designer and blogger. Persued B.Sc fashion design at Karavali College (Mangaluru University 2003 - 2006) with first rank. Former lecturer for fashion designing at Gloria College, Puttur for five years (2006-2011). Blogger since 2013.

22 Comments

  1. Simply beautiful… Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Areee…….Suppperrrrbbb AKKA 🙂

  3. Beautiful.

  4. Nice captures, Sindhu!

  5. Wow! Super, Sindhu 🙂

  6. Thank yo Kiran 🙂 Glad you like this post 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  7. Thank you Tamma 🙂 It was really exciting when I saw the flowers, as if I had won a great prize! Thanks for your encouraging words 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  8. Thank you SG 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  9. Thank you Beloo ji 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  10. Thank you Anita 🙂 Glad that you like it 🙂 TC! keep smiling 🙂

  11. How vast is nature and its beautiful life! Love the first flower..different and looks gorgeous 🙂

  12. Absolutely Uma 🙂 Nature always inspires! Thank you, happy that you like Lal Zumbar 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  13. I love this flower Brownea Coccinea. I had seen this in Bangalore Lal Bagh when I was taking a green walk with a walking tour. Apparently the flower is not of Indian origin and it is a very rare one which blooms. I cant recollect where it was from, but it was a brilliant view to see it on a tree.. Quite a rare catch! Brilliant! 🙂

  14. Beautiful flowers 🙂

  15. So beautiful!!

  16. Wow what a beauty! And my first sightings too.

  17. Beautiful capture Sindhu 🙂

  18. Amazingly beautiful. 🙂

  19. Amazingly beautiful. 🙂

  20. So refreshing and beautiful..nice shots … 🙂

  21. Those pink brown leaves almost had me thinking of spring flowers, beautifully captured.

  22. Wow!! amazing flower. I love the first picture.

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