Lannea coromandelica

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Lannea coromandelica (Houtt.) Merr.
  • Synonyms : Lannea grandis Engl., Odina wodier Roxb.
  • Common Name : Indian Ash Tree, Mandhol, Modhad, Miniyo, Moyno
  • Plant Family : Anacardiaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra

About Lannea coromandelica Plant :

  • Habit : A deciduous tree with greyish-white or ash-coloured, bark, sometimes with black patches.
  • Leaves : Leaflets 5-11, ovate, elliptic-oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, glabrous, membranous.
  • Flowers : Minute, yellowish, tinged red, sessile in long panicles at the ends of leafless branches.
  • Fruits : Drupes smooth, glabrous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Januray - July
  • Significance :
    • The tree exudes a gum which is not of much value, and the bark is employed in native medicine.
    • The wood is used for packing cases.
    • The gum is used for paper sizing. It is used in calico printing.
    • The wood is used for carving, turnery and furniture.
    • The tender shoots are relished by elephants and the leaves are eaten by cattle.
    • The crows are fond of fruits.