CANDLEBUSH Flower #1 (Sanskrit = Dadrughna / Edagaja)
In the 1950′s travelers to Cuba were introduced to an exotic plant flowering during Christmas called Candlebush.
However, it took a long time for this Flowering tree to make its way from tropical America along the southeastern U. S. coastal states to southern US.
The name candle comes perhaps, from the translucent Sepals that clasp each tight little rose like bud. Alata, meaning winged, is suggested by the long winged, scallop-edged seed pods.
Rain water got trapped after seeping under the petal, partially chewed away by the bug.
The Hunt Grove, Merritt Island, Florida, USA.
NOTE: Cassia alata had since been re-classifed to Senna alata.