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2007

A Celebration of Indian Trees

Published in association with National Society of the Friends of the Trees


Edited by:  Ashok S. Kothari

Price:   Rs (INR) / $ (USD) Out of Print
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.

     

    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 WoodPapilionoideae (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

    INDEX OF SCIENTIFIC NAMES

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