some useful links and Ashoka :-)

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sachin pandhare

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Jul 6, 2007, 6:10:49 AM7/6/07
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While i was looking for information on Ashoka tree i found some good websites:
 
 
Ashoka (from wikepedia):
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Tribe: Detarieae
Genus: Saraca
Species: S. asoca
 
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J.M. Garg

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Jul 6, 2007, 10:25:01 PM7/6/07
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There is a confusion when we use Ashok as a common name. As the name Ashok is so entrenched for 'Polyalthia longifolia' ( other common names- Mast tree, Devdaru or Ashupal) in the memory of persons like me from North India. Pradip Krishen called 'Saraca asoca'  (two pictures enclosed) as Sita-Ashok to eliminate the confusion in his book.I don't have the pictures of Polyalthia longifolia at present.

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Saraca asoca (Sita Ashok) I2 IMG_4175.jpg
Saraca asoca (Sita Ashok) I IMG_4146.jpg

sachin pandhare

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Jul 9, 2007, 8:29:38 AM7/9/07
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hi Garg ji,
I agree with you, this was actually a starting point of our internal discussion.
attached are some pics to which we have been calling Ashoka since childhood :-)
I just wanted to clarify. are there two types of ashoka trees? if not what is the name for attached pics. I am posting them from some websites.
links:
 
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Ashoka_leaves.jpg
Ashoka_tree.jpg

J.M. Garg

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Jul 9, 2007, 10:32:53 PM7/9/07
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Pictures you posted are of Polyalthia longifolia (we generally know as Ashok since childhood). The pictures I posted were of a tree of different genus i.e. Saraca (genus) asoca (species). Pradip Krishen has called it by a common name Sita-Ashok. But I believe many also know it by common name as simply Ashok, although there is no scientific close link between them.   
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