Himalayan Poplar
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Himalayan Poplar
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Poplar • Bengali: Bangikat • Hindi: Chalun, Biaon, बन पीपल Ban peepal, Syan • Nepali: भोटे पीपल Bhote pipal
Botanical name: Populus ciliata    Family: Salicaceae (Willow family)

Himalayan Poplar is a large deciduous tree with tall clean straight bole and broad rounded crown. The bark of young trees is smooth greenish-grey and that of the old trees dark brown with deep vertical fissures. Leaves resemble those of Pipal to earn it the name Pahari pipal. They are broadly ovate or ovate-lanceolate, with serrulate-crenate and ciliate margins, 7.5-18.0 cm long, base usually heart-shaped, 3-5 nerved. Leaf stalk is 5-12.5 cm long, compressed above. Flowers are borne in drooping raceme-like catkins appearing before or with leaves. Male flowers are bell-shaped and female flowers bluntly toothed. Capsule is 3 or 4-valved and encloses an average of 100-150 seeds. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

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