King White Mulberry
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King White Mulberry
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: King White Mulberry, Himalayan Mulberry, Long-fruited mulberry, Pakistan mulberry • Assamese: Bola • Hindi: शहतूत Shahtoot • Manipuri: কব্রঙচাক অঙৌবা Kabrangchak • Mizo: Hmubelbing • Tamil: கம்பிளிச Kambli chedi
Botanical name: Morus macroura    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Morus alba var. laevigata, Morus laevigata

King White Mulberry is a small to large tree, growing up to 10 m tall with a dense crown. Trunk is1.5-2 m in circumference, with grey smooth bark, young shoots long soft hairy. Leaves are carried on 2.5-4.5 cm long, velvety stalk. Leaves are ovate or round-ovate, 7-15 cm long, 3-10 cm broad, sparsely velvety to hairless, margins finely toothed. The closely toothed margin and long drooping catkins distinguish it from White Mulberry. Male catkins are 5-10 cm long including a slender 1.5 cm long, velvety stalk, densely hairy. Female catkins are cylindric, 5-12 cm long including 2 cm long stalk, pendulous, lax-flowered, almost hairless. Fruit is long and juicy, and is eaten. King White Mulberry is found at altitudes of 1200-1700 m in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Bhutan. It is cultivated elsewhere. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Ashok Vihar, Delhi.

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