By Charles McCann
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Distribution: Throughout India and Ceylon. The tree is partial to damp situations. Gardening: Propagated by seed. Uses: The fruit is used as a colour intensifier in dyeing. It is eaten as a vegetable either alone or together with other vegetables in curries. It is also eaten boiled or roasted. It is also used as cattle fodder. Medicinally the fruit is used as a remedy in diarrhoea and dysentery. The unripe fruit is used as fish poison. Note: The flowers appear from April to July. 24. ALU Vangneria spinosa Roxb.
Distribution: Common throughout the greater parts of India, Burma and Ceylon, both hi the wild and cultivated state. Gardening: Propagated by seed and by grafts. The seedlings should be transplanted during the rains. Uses: The mango is one of the best known fruits of India. There are several varieties of the fruit and each variety is known by a special name. The timber is rather soft, rough-grained and not durable. It is only used for rough purposes. Note: The cultivated trees do not attain the magnificent size of the wild ones.
Long by 4 to 8 in. wide (reaching 4 ft. , embracing the branch. Flowers 1 in. 5 in. long. Fruit the size of a ping-pong ball, succulent. Distribution: An inhabitant of the sub-Himalayan tract, ranging eastward to Bengal, Chota Nagpur, Assam and Burma; central, western and southern India. Gardening: Propagated by seed. It requires plenty of light. It is sensitive to frost, but is able to withstand forest fires. Uses: The large leaves are used to form a substratum for roof thatch. They are sold in bundles in some bazaars.