Trees of Morni: Phulai

Phulai/ Phalahi/ Amritsar Gum/ Black Sally (Acacia modesta) is a small deciduous tree with a rough brownish-grey bark. Thorns are in pairs, recurved, shining brown below the leaf stalk. Flowers are borne in stalked spikes. Seed pods are thin, flat and bear 3-5 seeds. Compound leafs with 3-5 leaflets. The tree blooms in March-May and attracts bees. The tree is known as Phalahi in Punjab. The tenth Guru – Gobind Singh is said to have tied his horse to a Phalahi tree near Alamgir in Ludhiana after leaving Muslim brothers Ghani Khan and Nabi Khan. A Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) marks the site and the Phalahi tree is said to be surviving till date.

Phulai tree, Morni road (July, 2012)

Phulai tree trunk
Phulai flowers (April 2020, Moginand, Morni foothills)
Phulai thorns
Phulai tree in bloom (April 2020)
Bees on Phulai flowers