Anogeissus Pendula – The Resident Tree Of Aravalis

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. This tree is known by many names like Dhok, Dhauk, Kardhai, Dhonk, Dhau, and Dhoy.

anogeissus pendula tree in Jaipur forest rajasthan


Anogeissus Pendula tree in winters

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.

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Anogeissus Pendula tree in Jhalana forest, Jaipur

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.

anogeissus Pendula in rajasthan is called dhok tree
Reddish brown tint of Anogeissus Pendula in winters

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.

Dhok tree leaves in winters

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.

anogeissus pendula leaves rajasthan
Anogeissus Pendula leaves

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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