Himalayan Maple
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Himalayan Maple
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Maple, Evergreen Maple, Kashmir Maple • Hindi: Pharjanj • Kannada: Buzim-pala • Bengali: কিরমোলী Kirmoli • Nepali: फिरफिरे Phirphire • Mizo: Thing-phing-phi-hlip
Botanical name: Acer oblongum    Family: Aceraceae (Maple family)

A small or medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves broadly oblong to lancelike, long pointed, toothless, blue-green beneath, finely hairy when young. Flowers are greenish white, about 4 mm, in dense branched hairy terminal cluster. A dead giveaway of a Maple tree is the typical winged Maple seed This evergreen Maple species from the Himalayas stays green all winter - unique among Maples. It grows in the lower Himalayan foothills from 600 to 2000 m elevation in moist forests, especially along streams. Cultivated in gardens for its ornamental, evergreen foliage. Bark smooth to wrinkled. Trunk irregularly buttressed at base. Twigs red-brown or purplish, slender. Wood is used in making farming implements.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

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