Trees of Morni: Aamla

Aamla/ Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica) a small to medium sized deciduous tree with globular yellow-green berries known for the high nutritional and medicinal value. The berries ripen in autumn and fruit is borne by the upper branches. Aamla fruit, bark etc is used extensively in Ayurvedic formulations for treating inflammations, cough, gastric problems and to stimulate hair growth. The Aamla tree is being increasingly promoted by the forest department and locals are being encouraged to plant it. Aamla trees can also be spotted growing wild in the Morni hills.

Aamla tree in autumn, growing wild in Bhoj Balag

 

Aamla tree, Bhoj Balag
Aamla branchlets