Interesting information given by local man is that, it flowers twice
in a year i.e.,Winter and summer.
Winter fruits are smaller and sweet, Summer fruits are big and bitter.
The picture was taken on the road side, between two gates of Keoladeo
National park, Bharatpur- Rajasthan on 6th Jan.2009
Local name he gave as 'Pilu'
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It sure looks like the Toothbrush Plant [Salvadora persica] a mangrove associate locally called Meswak or Pilu, but what is it doing at Bharatpur?
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Small greenish white flowers are produced in March-April. The fruit is yellow and ripens in the months of May and June. It forms one of the main grazing sources for livestock owned by local farmers. It is often dried and preserved in large quantities. The seeds are spread by birds. The seedlings come up under the parent plant or under other bushes and are somewhat frost-tender.
It is a small tree with drooping branches, rarely with proper bole or exceeding a height of 20 feet and a girth of 3 feet. It is very common plant in arid tracts but becomes scarce where rainfall conditions are better. It can withstand great soil salinity. It produces new leaves during April, which on maturity become thick and leathery.
The tree coppices fairly well but regenerates freely by root suckers and natural layering. It is, however, very slow growing but a dense growth is often formed around the parent plant by root suckers and some natural seedlings. The plant provides a dense shade. It is often lopped for camel and goat fodder.
The vann is mostly non-woody, but has some, which is soft and light, and not particularly useful for any of wood's normal uses, notably building and heat, however, when burnt, it leaves a large quantity of ash, which can then be boiled down into a substance for treating mange in camels.
The vann is commonly found in and around Sandal Bar, and is reserved for use as grazing sources for local peasant villages. In addition, a number of trees have been preserved to provide shade for cattle.