Trees & Shrubs

Flora of Morni Hills

Trees of Morni: Thor

Thor/ Danda Thor/ Churee (Euphorbia royleana) is a large cactus-like shrub, up to 5 m tall, with stout trunk and many thick fleshy branches with 5-7 thick, wavy, winged ridges armed with pairs of thorns on their margins. Leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped, 10-15 cm long. The stems become leafless during hot and cold seasons. Flower-heads …

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Trees of Morni: Pula

Pula (Kydia calycina) is a moderate sized deciduous tree that can grow upto 20 m tall.It occurs chiefly in mixed, moist deciduous forests and is not a very common tree.The grey bark is rough with large white specks on branches.The young parts are covered with grey stellate (radial) hairs.Leaves are 4-5 by 3 inches, rounded, …

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Trees of Morni: Mahua

Mahua/Mahwa (Bassia latifolia/ B. longifolia/ Madhuca indica) is a fast growing evergreen/semi-evergreen tree that is prominent in the tropical mixed deciduous forests of India. It is adapted to arid conditions and can grow upto 20 metres.The oleaginous seeds yield fat/oil that is used for skin care, as a laxative and for treating rheumatism, headaches, haemorrhoids …

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Trees of Morni: Banyan

Banyan (Ficus Benghalensis) or the Indian Fig Tree is the national tree of India. It’s native names include Bargad, Barh and the Vatavriksh. The name ‘banyan’ is ascribed by some to the village ‘bania’ (merchantman) who conducted his trade in the leafy shade of this evergreen tree that invariably occupies the centre of the village …

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The Morni Forest

The forest of Morni was granted as a jagir to Mir Jafar Ali of Kotaha by the British in 1816 in recognition of the services rendered during the war against the Gurkhas. Thereafter, the Morni ‘ilaqa’ continued to be owned by the descendants of Mir Jafar Ali till 1968 when the Haryana Government started the acquisition of …

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