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Mango blossom smell like boxwood!

January 18, 2013

The Dokmai Garden ‘Kiao savoy’ mango (Mangifera indica, Anacardiaceae) has its most prolific blossom ever. The fragrance is like that of boxwood (Buxus sempervirens, Buxaceae).

The olive-backed sunbird is busy collecting its nectar and we hope the mango rains will keep a distance so that we get a nice mango crop this year. Rain on mango flowers is not good. During the past six weeks we have only received 3 mm of water (December 2nd), which is normal.

Mangifera indica 18.jan.2013.72Dokmai Garden stays moist thanks to the trees.

Burnt fire landscape.Jan18.2013.72This picture from another part of the Hang Dong district, taken the same day as the picture above, shows a landscape void of trees. This landscape with a concrete hard soil and without trees demands very hard work, time and money to be transformed into a lush green again.

Text & Photo: Eric Danell

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  1. david permalink
    February 3, 2013 11:36 AM

    I discovered today that we own both a Mangifera caloneura I think, not sylatica..) and a M. indica. I was told that the former always fruits even if it does get rained on during flower. Both are blooming and it’s true that the ‘indica’ has quite a few aborted fruits, it did rain a little during flowering.

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