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Noticeable Features

  1. A tall straight tree
  2. Large rough textured leaves that acquire a ragged, eaten away look at leaf shedding
  3. Leafless for a long period and dead-looking due to the dry framework of flower clusters at branch ends
Fact File
Distribution in India (wild) Indigenous to Western Peninsula and Central India; widespread plantations in most forests
Type Tall deciduous tree
Peak flowering season Summer
Flower Small mildly scented inconspicuous white flowers in large terminal clusters
Fruit Small furry bony-hard nut-like fruit enveloped in bladder-like calyx
Leaves Simple and opposite; large broadly elliptical or obovate; rusty coloured when new
Bark Light brown; relatively smooth and peels off in vertical strips
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