Archive for January, 2013

Morni Wildlife: Barking deer

January 31, 20130 Comments

Barking deer/ Common or Indian Muntjac/ Kakar is one of the smallest deer (about 2′ at the shoulder) with a long and flexible body and very short legs. Body is golden-brown, lower parts are creamy-white including upper portion of its long tail that is carried erect when the deer is running. A glimpse of the […]

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Morni Wildlife: Nilgai

January 30, 20130 Comments

Nilgai/ Blue Bull/ Roz/ Rojh (Boselaphus tragocamelus Pallas) is the largest antelope of Asia, with the adult weighing over 250 kg. Adult males are blue-grey with thin black legs (having transverse white bands) and white markings/ spots on ears and cheeks. Nilgai is nearly 5 feet high at the shoulder and the body slopes sharply to the […]

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Morni Wildlife: Himalayan Grey Goral

January 30, 20130 Comments

Himalayan Grey Goral (Nemorhaedus goral) belongs to the sub-family of a goat-antelopes, being intermediate between the goat and the antelope, and is a little over 2 feet high at the shoulder. It weighs about 40 kg. The head with a solid, heavy skull is goat-like. So is the short tail. The short legs and the […]

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Trees of Morni: Indian Date Palm

January 28, 2013

Indian Date Palm (Phoenix sylvestris) a hardy, drought-resistant, single-trunked palm that grows wild in scrubland upto an elevation of 1300 metres.The green, curving leaves (about 10 feet in length) with sharply-pointed leaflets, form an attractive leaf crown that makes it a popular choice for landscaping.The trunk is bumpy and is marked by diamond-shaped leaf scars.The […]

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Trees of Morni: Lasora

January 28, 20130 Comments

Lasora/ Lasuda/ Indian cherry/ Clammy cherry/ Bird Lime tree ( Cordia dichotoma)

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Trees of Morni: Tiger’s Claw Tree

January 28, 20130 Comments

Tiger’s claw tree/ Indian Coral tree/ Gadha-palash/ Pangra (Erythrina variegata ) A beautiful, thorny deciduous tree with a thin bark that grows to a height of over 50 feet. The tree is breathtakingly beautiful in blossom with striking clusters of upward facing bright orange-red flowers at ends of thorny branchlets that give the tree its […]

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Morni Wildlife: Indian Wild Boar

January 28, 20130 Comments

Indian Wild Boar (Sus Cristatus Wagn.) is a relatively large boar that can reach 3 feet height at the shoulder and can weigh nearly 150 Kg. The coat is black-grey and is sparse. The mane is heavier. The well-developed tusks in males curve outwards and project from the mouth. The lower tusk is typically 6 […]

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Fish farming at Tikkar tal

January 28, 20130 Comments

Fish farming is being carried out by private contractors for past many decades at the Morni tals. The lakes of Tikkar tal are treated as ‘public waters’ under the Indian Fisheries Act, 1897 and the Punjab Fisheries Act, 1914. The 40 hectare area of the lakes is leased out for a period of 5 years […]

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Shrubs of Morni: Indian Globe Thistle

January 27, 20130 Comments

Indian Globe Thistle / Camel’s Thistle (Oont katara/ Oont kateli)/ Brahmadandi (Brahma’s stick!)  (Echinops echinatus) is a thorny erect plant of the wastelands with short stout stems that branch from the base and are covered with white cottony hair. Tiny white flowers appear during December-April on solitary white spherical (‘Globular’) balls and are guarded by […]

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Shrubs of Morni: Hopbush

January 27, 20130 Comments

Hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa)  

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