Madhuca longifolia (Moha)

Taxonomy

Kingdom:
Plantae
Division:
Angiospermae
Class:
Magnoliopsida
Order:
Ericales
Family:
Sapotaceae
Genus:
Madhuca
Species :
M. longifolia
Height:
40 - 70 Feet
Leaf Size:
8 - 15 cm
Leaf Type:
Elliptical

Commonly known as mahwa or mahua, it is an Indian tropical tree found largely in the central and north Indian plains and forests. It is adapted to arid environments, being a prominent tree in tropical mixed deciduous forests in India.

Native Area:-

Requirement

Soil: Alluvial, Sandy, Loamy

Sunlight: -

Utility

Medicinal: -

Flowers: They are also fermented to produce the alcoholic drink mahuwa, a country liquor

Fruit: -

Importance

Religious: -

Cultural: Tribals of Bastar in Chattisgarh and Orissa, Santhals of Santhal Paraganas (Jharkhand), Koya tribals of North-East Andhra Pradesh and tribals of North Maharashtra consider the tree and the mahuwa drink as part of their cultural heritage.