Garlands in Goa wouldn’t be the same without these lovely flowers

Evelyn Siqueira


In Goa, quite a few local flowers – some fragrant, others not – are fashioned into garlands (called a jhelo in Konkani), to be used at religious events or as hair adornments, among other things. Some of the preferred local floral varieties are ...

flowers | goa | garlands | abolim | crossandra | Photo: Sandeep Desai


Botanically known as Jasminum sambac, these little, white flowers have an alluring smell.

flowers | goa | garlands | jasmine | Jasminum


These are fragrant jasmine flowers, known as jui in Konkani, and Jasminum auriculatum in botanical parlance.

flowers | goa | garlands | jasmine | Jasminum


Available during the monsoons, zayo (Jasminum officinale) are another sweet-smelling variant from the jasmine family.

flowers | goa | garlands | zayo | jasmine | Jasminum | Photo: Asavari Kulkarni


Gomphrena globosa, commonly known as globe amaranth or button flowers, are a sun-loving, native of the tropics.

flowers | goa | garlands | Gomphrena globosa


Garlands of marigolds (Tagetes erecta) can be seen in local flower markets at any time of the year.

flowers | goa | garlands | marigold | Tagetes erecta | Mapusa market


Pretty in gardens, and just as beautiful in a garland is the rose (Rosa indica).

flowers | goa | garlands | rose | Mapusa market | Photo: KD


Crossandra infundibuliformis, locally known as abolim are available in 3 shades in Goa.

flowers | goa | garlands | Crossandra infundibuliformis | abolim

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