This astounding Monkey Pod found in the Moanalua Garden in Ohau, Hawaii is worth an astounding $4 million dollars. Thanks to the Hitachi Group in Japan, the tree serves as inspiration and is well known to their people. In fact, thousands of Japanese Tourist travel to see what they call the American Silk Tree tree every year. This spectacular tree can be found in tropical locations throughout the world and goes by many names. In Malay it is referred to by Pukul Lima, “5 o’ clock” , because the tree seems to go to sleep by folding in its leaves at sunset and opening them again for sunrise. This also may be the reason the tree is often known as the Rain Tree. As the rain has a better chance of getting through to the ground keeping the grass underneath green. No matter the name it goes by this tree is a true wonder to behold.
And though Mark Twain was speaking of a different tree altogether his words bounced around my head as I stood in awe of this astounding tree .”Lord of the domain an incorruptible sentinel against the sunshine. When one passed within the compass of its broad arms and its impenetrable foliage he was safe from the pitiless glare of the sun -the protecting shade fell everywhere like a somber darkness.”