Trees of Morni: Thor

November 15, 2011

Thor/ Danda Thor/ Churee (Euphorbia royleana) is a large cactus-like shrub, up to 5 m tall, with stout trunk and many thick fleshy branches with 5-7 thick, wavy, winged ridges armed with pairs of thorns on their margins. Leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped, 10-15 cm long. The stems become leafless during hot and cold seasons. Flower-heads are yellow-green, 3-4 in almost stalkless clusters in leaf axils. Fruit is 3-lobed, about 1 cm across. Danda Thor is found in the Himalayas up to 1800 m elevation. Flowering: March-May.
The fresh latex of the plant has a rich sweet odour. Extracts from the latex have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anti-arthititic properties and even anti-leukemic properties. Danda Thor has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic and Yunani medicine.

Thor also makes a wonderful garden plant.

Thor in a garden at Chhooyi, Morni hills

Thor in a garden at Chhooyi, Morni hills

Fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves of Thor

Fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves of Thor

 

Danda thor , near turn for Barisher on Morni road

Danda thor , near turn for Barisher on Morni road

Thor at Rasoon, Bhoj balag

Thor at Rasoon, Bhoj balag

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