Chinese sky lanterns are an inspiration for many people, but they have also inspired the names of some plants. There is the Chinese lantern flower and the Chinese Lantern tree. The Lantern tree comes from Africa, but you can also find it in South East Asia, the Caribbean, India and Ethiopia. The tree got his name because of its beautiful flowers. They are unique and you cannot stop looking at them. The shape of the flower resembles a Chinese lantern. They are oval and bullet shaped and the flower hangs upside down. The flowers are pink on the top and dense yellow at the bottom. When the flowers fade away its color becomes white. You can use the seeds this tree produces to plant a bonsai tree. Watch out, because the Lantern tree has many sharp thorns. The fruits are edible and are a source of protein and important minerals and vitamins for many animals. Camels, game and cattle love the taste of the Chinese lantern tree. The flowers are an amazing source for delicious honey. The bark of this tree is often used in medicine. It cures headache, dysentery, toothache. Extracts from the roots are used to treat leprosy and syphilis. Extract from the leaves are used to treat epilepsy.
The Chinese sky lanterns are once again an inspiration – light one of those on your own and think about how a beautiful device resembles beautiful flowers and trees.Google+