Anogeissus Pendula is a small tree that is found in abundance in the hills around Jaipur. It is a hardy tree that can survive even in the extreme conditions which explain its presence across Aravali hills in Rajasthan. The tree is known by many names like Dhok, Dhauk, Kardhai, Dhonk, Dhau, and Dhoy.
The tree is significant as it provides timber; its leaves are used as a fodder. The unique feature of this tree is that it can grow on the rocky surface with ease.
In winters the leaves turn red-brown. After a point, the tree sheds the leaves. This tree is rated as one of top hardwood around.
It is also found in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Haryana. It is more of a shrub than a tree because it doesn’t grow tall. Its bark is grey-silver in color. While hiking across Aravali, I noticed that this tree is being cut by the locals as a source of a fuel. I’m not sure if the forest department is doing further plantation of this tree species in hills. Instead of planting invasive trees like Israeli Babool, there is a need to plant more of local tree species which adapt very well to the harsh climatic conditions of Rajasthan, especially in Aravali belt. Jhalana hills famous for the Jhalana leopard safari is dotted with a good number of Aanogeissus Pendula trees. I hope that we all do something to ensure its survival.
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