Archive for May, 2012

Trees of Morni: Mango

May 10, 20120 Comments

Mango (Mangifera indica L.) is a long-lived large tropical fruit tree native to the Indian subcontinent that can grow up to 125 feet in height with a crown diameter of over 60 feet. Its taproots penetrate to a depth of over 20 feet with the feeder and anchor roots spread over a wide area. The […]

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Trees of Morni: Chir Pine

May 10, 20120 Comments

Chir Pine (Pinus roxburghii) a large Himalayan coniferous tree found in the lower altitudes, that can grow upto 150 feet high and has a tough, deeply fissured red-brown bark that protects the tree from forest fires. The leaves are glossy green, slender needles that occur in clusters of three. The pine make a beautiful whistling […]

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Forest Fires in Morni

May 8, 20120 Comments

The dry scrub forest of the Morni hills experiences devastating fires in the summer months every year. The fires find a mention in the 19th century British gazetteers so the problem is not a recent one. The spread of lantana has, however, aggravated the problem as the bush readily catches fire during the dry season. […]

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Trees of Morni: Tiger’s Milk Spruce

May 8, 20121 Comment

Tiger’s Milk Spruce/ Khirun/ Khinna/ Chhiran/ Ainkhar (Sapium insigne) a medium-sized, fast growing deciduous tree of the Shiwaliks with horizontal branches that exude a toxic milky sap. During flowering the tree is leafless with long upright, crimson coloured spikes at the end of the branches. Flowers are yellowish-green arranged on these terminal spikes. Leaves are […]

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Trees of Morni: Chhal (Axel-wood tree)

May 8, 20120 Comments

Chhal/Dhaura/Dhauri/ Dhau/Bakli/ Axle-wood tree (Anogeissus or Conocarpus latifolia) is a rugged, broad-leaved deciduous tree that is found in the Shivaliks and outer-Himalayas at altitudes upto 1250 metres. It grows well on well drained clayey/loamy slopes and may appear stunted on dry rocky slopes. Old leaves are shed in winter months with new leaves appearing with […]

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Trees of Morni: Dhaman

May 8, 20120 Comments

Dhaman/ Dhamin/ Dhanu vriksha/Kandiayee (Grewia tiliifolia) a moderate sized tree with a grey/dark brown bark that bears pea sized, globose, edible stone fruits that turn black when ripe. The fruit is liked by grey langurs and humans alike! Leaves are oblique, heart shaped. Wood is strong elastic and durable.

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Trees of Morni: Safed Kikkar

May 8, 20120 Comments

White Bark Acacia/ Brewer’s or Distiller’s Acacia/ Safed Kikkar/ Safed Babul/ Reonja/ Ronjh/ Niur in Morni (Acacia leucophloea) is a medium-sized thorny tree with a stout trunk and an umbrella like spreading crown. It is hardy and can withstand drought. Bark is light coloured. Leaves are double compound with  thorns at the base. Flowers appear […]

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