Trees of Morni: Jhingan

November 15, 2011

Jhingan (Odina Wodier) is a moderate sized soft wooded tree that grows upto 20 metres in height. It occurs throughout the country in rocky, deciduous forests. The bark is grayish and rough peels off in thin irregular flakes. The tree sheds leaves on the arrival of the warm season and in summers one can see minute yellowish green flowers hanging from the bare branches.The leaves appear after the flowers produced in the summer season have fallen. The tree has leaf cover in the winters. Leaves are imparipinnately compound, crowded at the ends of branches. Leaflets are membranous, oblong-ovate, glabrous, base acute or rounded, often oblique. Flowers are small, yellowish or purplish, the male racemes compound, the female simple. Fruits are reniform, compressed, small drupes containing single seed.
The bark and the leaves have medicinal properties and are used to treat cuts, wounds, bruises, ulcers, diseases of eye, gout, ulcerative stomatitis, dental pain sprains, diarrhea elephantiasis, inflammations, neuralgia, sprains and bruises.

Jhingan, Rasoon

Jigan-in-Autumn

Jhingan trunk

Jhingan leaves

Jhingan wood

Jhingan fruit, Muwas, Morni hills (April)

Jhingan fruit, Muwas, Morni hills (April)

Jhingan fruit, May 2012

 

Jhingan tree, Gajhan Ridge, January 2020

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