Powderpuff trees bloom at night

Powderpuff trees bloom at night

Sagaribana powderpuff trees with a subtle fragrance. At 7:30 p.m., on June 5, in Naha. (Photograph taken by Takaya Kinra.)

June 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sagaribana powderpuff trees are blooming along the avenue by the Palette Kumoji shopping mall in Kumoji, Naha, creating an even more attractive night downtown. Adorable pink or white flowers with a subtle fragrance delight passers-by.

Sagaribana are mainly found in the area ranging from Nansei Islands, including Okinawa, through to Southeast Asia. Their filiform flowers open in the evening and fall at dawn. Machiko Konesu and Noriko Miyahira, who saw the flowers for the first time in the evening of June 5, thought that they were mysterious and had a pleasant fragrance.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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