The Freeloader

Hello! I am back – anyone miss me? Ah well neither did I – so there! 😉 I have been busy traveling and I did lots of shopping – tree shopping 😀 I saw scores of grand aging graceful and otherwise eye catching trees. But there’s one (or should I say two) that stand out among them all.


The outer tree is a deodar tree and the inside one is the jarul tree (Lagerstroemia speciosa giant crape-myrtle, Queen’s crape-myrtle, banabá plant for Philippines, or Pride of India). At least that is what a local guide told us. But I am not really convinced, especially about the deodar tree which grows in the Himalayan regions and has needle like leaves. Perhaps it is the sal tree? Do you recognize the trees? Ferdi? Anyone?

But these are technicalities and as the bard said what is in a name? Especially when there is so much to see, marvel and wonder over.

Can you see how the jarul split the mother tree? And that despite being split she continues to nurture her protege? Did you notice how the jarul tree was cut away from its base and roots but yet it continues to grow deriving nourishment, sustenance and support from the parent tree.

A marvelous example of nature’s beauty, tenacity, and capacity to survive against all odds isnt it?

Linked to Becca’s Sunday Trees


No one

can save


from you

not even


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12 thoughts on “The Freeloader”

  1. A photo of strength, character, determination and passion….amazing nature can teach us so much…, the roots that decide your whole life…and the resources you give to these roots decide your future course of life in whichever way you might go….an inspiring tree!

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  2. Hi Dahlia , I missed you and on the verge of sending a search party. You were enjoying travelling looking at the lovely trees. The hollow trunk tree does not look like deodar(Cedar )tree to me. Normally the trunk spreads out with a lot of branches.It could be a Sal tree as you say and sometimes a host to other trees and vines (free loader as you say) who get their sustainance from the host tree. Lovely picture and your words are very apt.
    Sorry for delay in responding but when I read your post I was up all night to watch meteor shower. I did see some meteor shooting down but it was nothing like meteor shower in “The Day Of the Triffids”. Nothing happened to my sight unlike in the story people who watched ths cosmic show became blind.and strange looking plants appeared everywhere.I must check my garden if strange plant has not suddenly appeared. The book by John Wyndham is one my favourite story.
    A lot happened in the garden but I’ll keep it for some other time.

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  3. I hadnt heard of John Wyndham or the book – seems interesting! Goes on my reading list thanks 🙂 At least you got to see some meteors though a lot would have been better 😉 Happy to know that I was missed! Looking forward to the garden view…


    1. The day of the Triffids is a great book( in my view) . Triffids are carnivorous plants from outer space . They moved and ate the blind people. I am sure you will enjoy it.There was a film also but BBC’s tv adeption was much better.
      I was lucky to see the meteors because whenever such phenomina occur the London sky decides to cover itself with a blanket of clouds.Very frustrating.

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