Weeds are plants in the wrong place. They are unwanted in human-controlled settings, such as farm fields and gardens. Interestingly, a weed in one context is not a weed in another context. Many plants that people widely regard as weeds also are intentionally grown in gardens and other cultivated settings, in which case they are sometimes called beneficial weeds.
Walking around in urban gardens and country roads, I am surprised by mainly by the beauty of many plants and flowers we call as weeds, secondly I am taken aback by the survival instinct and resilience of such plants. With nobody caring for they still grow in due session and flower and propagate. At times we find them growing even through cracks in the concrete and stones. The utilitarian humanity often do not care about plants and flowers that are not profitable.
As I walked along I photographed them. In photographs they get an identity and show forth their real beauty. Knowing a plant by its name is like knowing a person by his/her name. Next time we see them we feel related and close. And, of course, we would think twice before destroying them purposelessly.
Boerhavia Diffusa is commonly known as punarnava, red spiderling, spreading hogweed, or tarvine. It is taken in herbal medicine for pain relief and other uses. The leaves of Boerhaavia diffusa are often used as a green vegetable in many parts of India.
Bidens alba is most commonly known as shepherd's needles, beggarticks, Spanish needles or butterfly needles. Bidens means two- toothed, perhaps refering to the lose flower petals.
Nut grass (Cyperus rotundus) commonly known as Coco grass, java grass, red nut sedge and purple nut sedge is a perennial plant native to Africa, Southern and Central Europe, and Southern Asia.
Solanum viarum, or tropical soda apple, is a perennial shrub with a prickly stem and prickly leaves. The fruit is golf-ball-sized with the coloration of a watermelon.
|Tropical Soda Apple|
Pink woodsorrel (Oxalis debilis), the large-flowered pink-sorrel, is a perennial plant seen in all continents except Antarctica.
Yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta), common yellow oxalis, upright yellow-sorrel, lemon clover, or more ambiguously and informally, sourgrass, sheep weed, pickle plant, tends to grow in woodlands, meadows, and in disturbed areas as both a perennial and annual.
Ponnanganni in Tamil, Honnagone in Kannada, Dwarf copperleaf (Alternanthera sessilis) is a common invasive plant ion tropical areas. It is also used as a vegetable specially in some Asian countries.
Arrowleaf sida,Sida rhombifolia, also known as jelly leaf, is used in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is known as kurumthotti.
|Bell Weed flower|
|Castor oil plant|
|Coat buttons flowers|
|Dwarf reed grass|
|Justicia neesii pink|
|Justicia neesii white|
|Obscure morning glory|
|Pickly sow thistle|
|Purpletop Rhodes grass|
|Rain lilies yellow|
|Red passion flower|
|White hyacinth beans|
|White water sedge|