Shrubs of Morni: Indian Squirrel Tail

January 20, 2013

Indian Squirrel Tail/ Bhamber/ Bhirmoli/ Binda/ Pansra (Colebrookea oppositifolia) a branched himalayan shrub that can grow to 10 feet high, occuring at altitudes upto 1800 metres. It has distinctive tiny white flowers that occur in upright spikes that resemble the squirrel’s tail. The leaves are dark-green above about 6″ in length and are lance like and finely serrated. The shrub flowers from December to April. An important medicinalplant, its leaves are used to treat wounds and fractures and its roots to treat epilepsy. Its used as fodder and the branches are dried and used as firewood.

Indian Squirrel Tail, Mallah, Morni-Pinjore, January (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

Indian Squirrel Tail, Mallah, Morni-Pinjore, January (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

Indian Squirrel Tail (January), Mandana, Morni hills

Flowers of Indian Squirrel Tail

Flowers of Indian Squirrel Tail

 

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  1. Er M C Aggarwal says:

    The herb squirrel plant is interesting for is uses.
    My one submission is that near by place of availablity may also be added .

    • Amitabh says:

      @Sh. Aggarwal- I spotted the shrub on the hill that ends in a sharp cliff at Mandana. A small pathway leads to the hill from Green Park Resort (the one by the side of the banyan tree).

    • Amitabh says:

      A Sh. Aggarwal- Its growing all over Morni. I spotted it on the hill that forms the cliff at Mandana that can be reached by the kutcha path near Green Park Resort, Mandana.

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