Botanical name: Fraxinus hookeri Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
Synonyms: Fraxinus brandisii
Hooker's Himalayan Ash is a large tree with compound leaves opposite or in whorls of three, 20-35 cm long. Leaflets are 5-9, 10-15 cm long, 3-6 cm broad, elliptic to obovate, tapering, entire to slightly rounded toothed or minutely toothed especially the upper portion, dark green above, paler beneath, slightly velvet-hairy along midrib and prominent nerves, nearly stalkless. Inflorescence is decussate on branchlets of the previous year. Flowers in unnoticeable, with sepal-cup and petals lacking. Anthers are stalkless, greatly exceeded by pistil. Fruit is a samara, lanceshaped, 3-4 cm long, 6-8 mm broad, in drooping decussate panicles, axis 4-8 cm long. Hooker's Himalayan Ash is found in Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 1200-2700 m. The wood is highly valued for tools, rifle butts, etc. Young branches are often cut and used as fodder. Flowering: April. Fruiting: October.
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