PINE TREE

The enchanting Himalayas sing songs of their own through  Flora and Flora unique to them.

Enchanting Forests of Pines, Deodar,  Fir , Oaks and Rhododendrons have painted the Himalayas  Green at Mussoorie,Uttrakhand in Northern India.

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Himalayan Forests of Oak and Pine

The Coniferous Forests of the Queen of Hills  “Mussoorie”  are dominated by The Himalayan Pine, Blue Pine ( English) or Pinus wallichiana ( Scientific Name).

They belong to the family Pinaceae.

The Blue green gracefully drooping needles ( leaves) and the slender Pine Cones are two distinguishing features of these Pine trees Unique and Native to the Himalayan range.

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Pine tree within a Pine Forest

The Pine Tree can grow upto a  majestic height of 25 m or 82 feet .

Fallen  Pine needles carpet the entire ground   ensuring very few trees  can coexist with the resinous  Pine Tree.

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Reaching out to the skies

An excellent source of timber used for making furnitue , the Pine Tree grows straight and Tall.

There is another species of  Pine that is native to this region of the Himalayas called Pinus roxburghii and coexists with the Pine tree seen in all these pictures.

It will take the Green Cone nearly two years to transform to the more familiar brown Woody Pine Cone .

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Green Pine Cone

 

The Himalayan Pine is a  rich source of Turpentine besides having numerous Medicinal Uses as well.

Do visit the area , inhale the aroma of the Himalayan Pines and be spellbound in these Coniferous Evergreen Forests.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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