Acrocarpus

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Acrocarpus
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Inflorescences.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Acrocarpus
Wight ex Arn.
Species:
A. fraxinifolius
Binomial name
Acrocarpus fraxinifolius
Arn.

Acrocarpus is a genus of trees in the legume family, Fabaceae. It comprises one species, Acrocarpus fraxinifolius, the pink cedar, a large deciduous emergent tree native to Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India,[1] Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand.[2] Its also known as Balangi or Kurungatti[3] in India.

Uses[edit]

This has been identified as one of the food plant for the endangered lion tailed macaque during the period of fruit scarcity.[4]

They are used as shade trees in the coffee plantations in India. It is also a best-suited tree for plantations in badly degraded areas which are not protected from cattle grazing.[5] As per the bureau of Indian standards, the timber is recommended for making furniture and cabinets.[6] and tea boxes [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Troup, Robert Scott (1921). The Silviculture of Indian Trees, Vol. 2: Leguminosae (Caesalpinieae) to Verbenaceae (Classic Reprint). London: Oxford University Press. pp. 15–17. ISBN 9781334002663 – via https://archive.org/details/SilvicultureIndianTrees2.
  2. ^ p. 2.
  3. ^ Tejwani, K G (2002). Agroforestery In India. Concept Publishing Company. p. 64. ISBN 9788170229186.
  4. ^ Meghna, Krishnadas; Kumar, Ajith; K, Chandrasekhara (2011). "The response of the frugivorous lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) to a period of fruit scarcity". American Journal of Primatology. 73 (12): 1250–60. doi:10.1002/ajp.20997. PMID 21898517.
  5. ^ J, Proctor (1986). "NOTES ON EVERGREEN RAINFORESTS OF KARNATAKA STATE, SOUTH-WEST INDIA". The Commonwealth Forestry Review. 65 (3 (204)): 227–232. JSTOR 42608089.
  6. ^ IS 13622: Indian timbers for furnitures and cabinets- Classification. 1993.
  7. ^ https://archive.org/stream/manualofthetimbe030145mbp/manualofthetimbe030145mbp_djvu.txt