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Bada Peelu
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Bada Peelu
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Bada Peelu, large toothbrush tree • Arabic: أراك زيتوني arak zaytuni • Gujarati: મીઠીજાર mithijar, મોટી પીલુ moti pilu • Hindi: बड़ा पीलू bada pilu • Kachchhi: મિઠેપીલુજો ઝાર mithepilujo jhar, મિઠી જાર mithi jar • Marathi: गोडपिलु god-pilu, किंकानेला kinkanela • Nepali: सानो दाँते ओखर saano daante okhar • Persian: درخت مسواک darakht-e-misvak, توچ tuch • Punjabi: ਜਾਲ jaal, ਵਣ van • Rajasthani: जाल jaal, मीठी जाल mithi jaal, पीलू pilu • Sanskrit: पीलु pilu • Sindhi: کٻڙ khabbar • Tamil: பெருகளர்வா peru-kalarva • Telugu: జలచెట్టు jalachettu Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Salvadora oleoides    Family: Salvadoraceae (Salvadora family)

Bada Peelu is a shrub or small tree, attaining 6-9 m height under favourable conditions. It has a short trunk, quite often twisted or bent, up to 2 m in diameter. Branches are numerous, drooping, stiff, often swollen at forks. Bark is gray or whitish-gray. Leaves are blue-green, linear-or ovate-lancelike, leathery and somewhat fleshy, dark greenish-yellow when young, gray when mature. Flowers are stalkless, greenish-white, minute in paniculate spikes, often clustered. Fruit is a spherical drupe, about 6 cm in diameter, usually yellow when ripe, dark brown or red when dry.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Qutub Minar, Delhi.

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