Two Winged- Seeds Falling Season In Saigon. On every summer, when wind starts blow strongly and rain comes back. It is time Saigon people have a chance to take a stroll under Winged-seeds of Hopea Odorata spiraling in the air.
Hopea Odorata is basically a riparian species and is normally found near river or streams. The timber from Hopea odorata is classified as medium heavy hardwood. This large-sized tree of up to 45 m in height is used for reforestation programs and forest plantations besides being a popular shade tree.
In Ho Chi Minh city, Hopea Odorata is planted on many streets and there are many old trees. On days of May, winged seeds are blown and fully cover the ground.
Every year, when phoenix trees start blooming, it is time Hopea Odorata trees begin to fall its seeds. When a strong wind comes, pedestrians can see bunches of two winged- seeds spiraling in the air before land on the ground.
It has been appeared in a famous song of musician Giap Van Thach “Hopea Odorata flower’s petals are spiraling….” hence, local people usually call it as flower petals, but it is two winged- seed.
When flying, two winged- seeds spiral until landing on the ground.
Sometimes, it flies high in the air, over the tree’s top and lands on the ground.
To many Saigon people, two winged- seeds become a memory of childhood.
It is widely planted at Tao Dan park, Tran Quoc Toan street, Turtle Lake area. From early April, two- winged seeds start spiraling. Landing on lake’s surface
Cover the ground and create a crispy brown carpet
The species is now widely used as ornamental and shade trees in urban areas.
Its seeds gather into bunches and turn into dark brown, and then dried by sunshine before falling.
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