This is the Cadamba ( Kadamba) tree inside the Shiva Temple at Karuveli near Kumbakonam .Neolamarckia Cadamba is the Botanical name and Kadamba is the Tamil name. All the Temples have their special trees we refer to as Sthala Vruksha and invariably the trees have curative properties and are considered very Holy..The Holiness is attributed for the safety and propogation of trees. Yes..a tag of holiness goes a long way in conservation of the eco system....whether it is a plant or an animal:)
This tree grows to a height of more than 128 feet, it is said. The flowers are in clusters like a ball and have a sweet fragrance. The flowers drop and the fruit ripens. I was able to take a few shots of the tree with flowers...They looked awesome!!