Common name: Himalayan Maple, Evergreen Maple, Kashmir Maple • Hindi: Pharjanj • Kannada: Buzim-pala • Bengali: কিরমোলী Kirmoli • Nepali: फिरफिरे Phirphire
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
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.
|Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.|