Trees of Morni: Mango

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 evergreen leaves start as orange-red to start with and turn dark green on maturity. The small white flowers with a mild sweet odour occur in terminal clusters. The fruit contains the flat oblong pit that in turn contains the seed.The fruit is yellow/orange/red/green depending on the variety and exudes a sweet odour. The fruit pulp is sweet/ bitter-sweet. Mango is the national fruit of India.

While mango trees are most commonly grown in fields near habitation yet one does come across one odd tree growing wild in the forests.

Mango tree near Jallah, Morni foothills
Mango tree at Rasoon, Bhoj Balag