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Conocarpus tree

The Conocarpus tree has recently been prohibited for planting in both forested and non-forested regions by the Gujarat state government due to its adverse effects on the environment and human health. Here are some key points about the Conocarpus tree:

  • It belongs to the Combretaceae family and is a flowering plant.

  • This tree is considered an invasive mangrove species.

  • During the winter season, Conocarpus trees produce flowers that release pollen into nearby areas.

  • In India, various public authorities have used Conocarpus trees for landscaping purposes, including road medians, along roadsides, and in public gardens.

  • Countries in the Arabian Peninsula have utilized this tree to combat desert storms and pollution by blocking sand and serving as a pollution control measure.

  • The Conocarpus tree is known for its year-round dark green foliage and its ability to thrive in challenging environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures.

  • It exhibits adaptability to high salinity environments and can grow successfully in areas with substantial salt content in the soil.

  • The tree has a high water absorption rate, posing a threat to groundwater levels.

  • Its extensive root system can penetrate deep into the ground, potentially causing damage to communication cables, drainage lines, and drinking water pipelines.

  • The native range of the Conocarpus tree includes parts of North and South America, as well as certain regions of Africa.

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