Fraxinus xanthoxyloides

54. Fraxinus xanthoxyloides (G. Don) A. De Candolle OLEACEAE

Crab ash, Afghan ash

Photograph of Fraxinus xanthoxyloides in the wild, Sutlej Valley, Himachal Pradesh

This specimen was grown from seed collected in 1984 by RBGE horticulturist and alpine-specialist Ron McBeath in the Miyar Valley, Lahul, in Himachal Pradesh. It occurs from Afghanistan eastwards to Uttarakhand in India. In dry habitats, for example in the Sutlej Valley, it forms a shrub. The specific epithet ‘xanthoxyloides’ refers to the colour of its yellow wood, which, according to the pioneering Indian forest conservator Hugh Cleghorn, made ‘good walking sticks’ and ‘hefts and handles’ for tools.


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    1. Akshit Kukreti

      This is Akshit Kukreti Ph.D scholar at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun want to say that i am interested to work on Fraxinus xanthoxyloides but i am not able to find distribution of the shru. so please may you help me where is the distribution of the shrub in India.

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