2007

A Celebration of Indian Trees

Published in association with National Society of the Friends of the Trees
Edited by: Ashok S. Kothari
Binding: Hardcover
Specifications: 196 pages, 400 illustrations
ISBN: 978-81-85026-83-1
Dimensions: 324 x 241 mm

The author has included over 140 species of trees here – indigenous trees as well as introduced species that have become part of the Indian landscape. The book is intended as an identification guide: the text on each species describes the distinctive features of trunk, leaves, flowers, and fruit, and the photographs are chosen to complement the description. Interesting facts and traditional Indian beliefs about the tree are included. The names of the species in various local languages are also provided and the medicinal value of various parts of each tree have been noted besides listing its other benefits.

Almost all the photographs have been taken specially for this book by the author at locations all over the country; some have been provided by other photographers who are tree enthusiasts. The pictures will inspire readers to appreciate and preserve living specimens and experience the fullness of their beauty.

Dr Ashok S. Kothari has been practising medicine in Mumbai for nearly four decades, simultaneously pursuing his keen interest in nature. He is an Honorary Joint Secretary on the Managing Council of the National Society of the Friends of the Trees.

MESSAGES

FOREWORD AND SPECIAL THANKS
Pheroza J. Godrej

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Ashok S. Kothari

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDS OF THE TREES: THE FIRST 50 YEARS
Nandkumar Naik

DESCRIPTIONS OF TREES
PINACEAE
Chir Pine, Chilgoza Pine, Blue Pine, Deodar, West Himalayan Fir, High-Level Fir, West Himalayan Spruce, Himalayan Larch

CUPRESSACEAE
Himalayan Pencil Juniper, other Junipers, Himalayan Cypress

SALICACEAE
Himalayan Poplar, Indian Willow, other Willows

JUGLANDACEAE
Himalayan Walnut

BETULACEAE
Himalayan Silver Birch

FAGACEAE
Grey Oak, Brown Oak

MORACEAE
Banyan, Pipal, Umbar, Benjamin Fig, other Ficuses, Jackfruit, Bread Fruit, Mulberry

ULMACEAE
Wavala

SANTALACEAE
Sandalwood

DILLENIACEAE
Chalta

MAGNOLIACEAE
Son Champa, Campbell’s Magnolia

ANNONACEAE
Asopalav

PLATANACEAE
Chinar

FABACEAE
CAESALPINIOIDEAE: Indian Laburnum, Red Cassia, Burmese Pink Cassia, Flowering Ashoka, Tree of Heaven, Kanchan, Rakta-Kanchan, White Bauhinia, Apta, Tamarind, Gul Mohur, Peltophorum, Divi-divi
MIMOSOIDEAE: Babul, Khejri, Rain Tree, Shirish, Jungle Jalebi, Coral Wood
PAPILIONOIDEAE (FABOIDEAE): Gunja, Flame of the Forest, Indian Coral, Karanj, Sissoo

ZYGOPHYLLACEAE
Lignum Vitae

RUTACEAE
Bael, Kavath, Kamini, Kadipatta, Bijaura

ANACARDIACEAE
Mango, Cashew

SAPINDACEAE
Kusum, Soapnut

BURSERACEAE
Kakad

MELIACEAE
Nim, Mahogany

SIMARUBACEAE
Mahanim

RHAMNACEAE
Bor

TILIACEAE
Phalsa

MALVACEAE
Baobab, Bhendi Tree

STERCULIACEAE
Karaya, Coloured Sterculia, Jangli Badam, Buddha’s Coconut

BOMBACACEAE
Red Silk-Cotton, White Silk-Cotton

COCHLOSPERMACEAE
Yellow Silk-Cotton

DIPTEROCARPACEAE
Sal

LYTHRACEAE
Pride of India

MYRTACEAE
Jamun, Jamrul, Bottle-brush

ERICACEAE
Rhododendrons

LECYTHIDACEAE
Samudraphul, Cannon-ball Tree, Kumbhi

SAPOTACEAE
Bakul, Khirni, Star-apple, Mahua, Chiku

OLEACEAE
Parijatak

SALVADORACEAE
Pilu

BORAGINACEAE
Scarlet Cordia, Gundi, Bhokar

VERBENACEAE
Teak

BIGNONIACEAE
Indian Cork Tree, Ragat Rohido, Spathodea, Jacaranda, Basanti, Rosy Trumpet, Sausage Tree

RUBIACEAE
Bartondi, Dikamali, Haldu

CLUSIACEAE
Kadamba, Sultanchampa, Nagkesar, Kokam

EUPHORBIACEAE
Amla, Putranjiva

OCHNACEAE
Ochna

MORINGACEAE
Drumstick Tree

CAPPARACEAE
Karil, Sacred Barna

COMBRETACEAE
Arjun, Crocodile-bark Tree, Deshi Badam, Hollock

PROTEACEAE
Silver Oak

APOCYNACEAE
Pagoda Tree, Satvin, Indrajav, Kurchi

ELAEOCARPACEAE
Rudraksh

PANDANACEAE
Kevada

ARECACEAE
Coconut Palm, Royal Palm, Palmyra Palm, Fish-tail Palm, Wild Date Palm, Fish-tail Palm, Branching Palm, Talipot Palm, Betel Nut Palm, Chinese Fan Palm

GLOSSARY

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INDEX OF COMMON NAMES

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