Holoptelea integrifolia Tree / Cause of pollen Allergy

Allergy and asthma patient in Jaipur face tough time from February to April. It’s an annual ritual of suffering during change of season. Increased pollen activity in the air causes this allergy.  Research division of Asthma department in Jaipur has already declared that the machine installed with them which detects high pollen in the air has indicated high pollen counts in the air. They have further mentioned that these pollen are from a tree called Holoptelea Integrifolia. Holoptelea Integrifolia tree is a major cause of pollen allergy in Jaipur and elsewhere in North India. 

Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. Close up of fruit that grows on this tree. Clicked in month of March



Holoptelea Integrifolia tree in residential area of Jaipur

Holoptelea Integrifolia Tree is  also known as Indian Elm or Jungle cork Tree. Its popularly called as chilbil, papadi, kanju, bandar ki roti in Hindi and by many other names in local languages, across India.It’s a medicinal tree that grows widely across the country, often growing up to 50 feet! It’s medicinal uses include treatment for Rheumatism, ring worm, diabetes, leprosy etc. While these are it’s benefit another aspect of this tree causes much pain especially in North India!! It’s the biggest cause of pollen allergy and asthma as well!

Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. Clicked in the month of May
Holoptelea Integrifolia tree, also called Indian Elm. A close up shot of leaves and it’s fruit. Shot in the month of May

The above picture is a close up of Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. The brown colored cluster is its fruit.

As per the estimates, at least 30% population in North India & 10% population across India suffers from allergy.

Fruit of Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. Clicked in the month of March

Experts claim that roughly 40-60% of pollen in the air is  caused by Holoptelea Integrifolia tree!! One of the major reasons of increased pollen from Holoptelea Integrifolia tree is that it releases large number of pollen in the air as compared to any other tree or plant.

This tree is commonly spotted on road sides across the city  and in gardens as well. In fact, it’s a very hardy tree that survives well in extreme climate of Jaipur.

The tree flowers in January-February months and it fruits from March to May.

holoptelea tree in one of the parks in Jaipur

While cutting down these trees is no permanent solution, for some who suffer from extreme bouts of pollen allergy it’s time to pack bag for a month-long vacation! This might suit just a few but then everyone needs to find their own solution!

For those who can’t leave the town, the only recourse is stay indoors specially during morning and avoid parks and take medicines.

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Holoptelea Integrifolia Tree cause of pollen allergy in Jaipur


17 thoughts on “Holoptelea integrifolia Tree / Cause of pollen Allergy

    1. In the end we all have to find some acceptable solution, it’s great that you have found solution with face mask. I’m not updated if surgical mask works in case of pollen allergy probably someone needs to try that. good idea! By the way.


    1. Alok, this tree is planted in huge numbers across the city. Every second person I meet is suffering from pollen allergy. Of course, this is just a personal experience. I guess everyone has to endure or resort to medicine.
      Bangalore is notorious for allergy and cold. I have many friends and relatives in Bangalore who constantly complain about it.

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      1. It is… Bangalore’s infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with growing traffic and it is surely a big menace. NCR on the other hand has developed very well. 🙂

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  1. Ugh I dread allergy season. Swollen red eyes, congestion, and runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Misery. When I lived in Michigan, my allergies were the worst during the fall. Spring was the worst for me in North Carolina and so far seem to be pretty bad here in Germany during the spring too. ugh

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    1. Only a few of us have allergies. But only those who do really know what it is all about. I. I’m sorry to hear that even moving to continental Europe didn’t help you with it. Have you tried sorting it out with a test to confirm what triggers it?

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