31) What so special about this tree?

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An usual tree that is unusual

This tree may look normal to us.  It is a tree of tropical rainforest which require humid climate though it can withstand dry season.
It is as special as its dedication to Mr Nelson Mandela, President of Africa who visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens 15 years ago, on 5th March 1997.
This Giant Cola Tree is among one of the Tree of Fame in the gardens

The extracts from nuts of related species are used in cola drinks and food items.  The cola nuts contain caffeine.  Chewing cola nuts can also ease hunger pangs and was thought to be remedies for whooping cough and asthma.
This is certainly an usual tree that is very unusual.
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33 thoughts on “31) What so special about this tree?

    Nafees said:
    October 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

    wow

    utesmile said:
    October 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Really interesting! again, thank you!

    kelihasablog said:
    October 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

    It’s beautiful… thanks for the interesting background also! : )

    puzzle said:
    October 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

    On your pictures, it also looks like a fairy-tale-beeing 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 5:25 am

      fairy tales in little city

    rasb2 said:
    October 27, 2012 at 1:53 am

    This tree is amazing! With such great characteristics this tree is a great dedication to a great man.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 5:27 am

      yes, when we look around, there are things that look usual but unusual – remember AddGrainOnEarth

    Doggy's Style said:
    October 27, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Interesting.

    Mary said:
    October 27, 2012 at 3:03 am

    This is a fantastic looking tree, love the unique colors and texture. Would make for a great painting.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 5:29 am

      yes , nature is art, art is nature – remember AddGrainOnEarth

    iknowivebeenchanged said:
    October 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Interesting. Who needs meds and chemicals? God put everything here for a reason 🙂 Great post

    katrinaedwards said:
    October 27, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Hi Sydney, I never knew of a cola tree…
    Should visit Singapore in the nearest possible available time…after all its only 5 hrs drive from Kuala Lumpur,,,
    Is there any possibility of finding some cola fruits there…? Thank for the info…

    ~ KeY

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

      yes, you can find many cola trees in Botanic Gardens, thanks for dropping by – remember AddGrainOnEarth

    linesbylinda said:
    October 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    You brought so much perspective to this topic, treedom, for all trees!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      no problem, how is your Blogging coming along?

    heartflow2012 said:
    October 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Thank you, Dear Sydney, for your kind words on my blog! Best wishes! I always enjoy your blog!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      thank you, your Blog is always inspire me too, cheers!

    Rexlin Victor said:
    October 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Interesting!!!

    Karine said:
    October 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Interesting anecdote !

    Jeanette said:
    October 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these lovely photos and the story behind this incredible tree!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      you are welcome jeanette, 🙂

    Stone.Soup.Stories. said:
    October 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I love the photos and the story they invite us into. Thanks!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      is a trap! Haha! thanks for dropping by – AddGrainOnEarth

    wavensongz said:
    October 28, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Thanks for stopping by again, I must let you know I REALLY LOVE your blogs on the unusual. It keeps my mind sharp and I enjoy learning about different elements of LIFE. Thank You 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

      yes, different elements in life, it makes the world as a whole – AddGrainOnEarth

    digitallikeness said:
    October 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I have always found trees beautiful, but this one is just awesome!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      yes, with a great man backing, it is definitely special, thanks for stopping by, hope see you next time, cheers!

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