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Prosopis Cineraria, Shami, Sami - Plant

prosopis cineraria, shami, sami - plant
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Shami Prosopis cineraria is a medicinal tree. It is well known by Hindus for its spiritual uses. Medicinally it is used in various skin diseases, diseases of eyes, digestive problems and respiratory illness.
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Description for Prosopis Cineraria, Shami, Sami

Prosopis cineraria is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is native to arid portions of Western Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, including Afghanistan, Iran, India, Oman,

Botanical name of Shami is Shami Prosopis cineraria.The family name of Shami is Mimosaceae.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Prosopis spicata, Prosopis spicigeraYellow or Creamy whiteMarch to May1.5 to 8 feetModerately easy

Planting and care

  • Khejri Tree is a small moderate sized evergreen thorny tree, with slender branches armed with conical thorns and with light bluish-green foliage.
  • The leaflets are dark green, and have a tiny point. The tree is evergreen or nearly so.
  • It produces new flush leaves before summer.
  • flowers are small in size and yellow or creamy white in colour, appear from March to May after the new flush of leaves.
  • SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
    Full SunWell-drained soilKeep soil moist throughout the growing season,30 to 45 degrees CApply any organic fertilizer

    Caring for Prosopis Cineraria

    • This tree is a legume and it improves soil fertility. It is an important constituent of the vegetation system.
    • It is well adapted to the arid conditions and stands well to the adverse vagaries of climate and browsing by animals. Camels and goats readily browse it.
    • In areas open to goat browsing, the young plants assume cauliflower shaped bushy appearance.

    Typical uses of Prosopis Cineraria

    Special features: An evergreen thorny tree which can grow in very harsh climate & in poor soil, well adapted to the arid conditions and also stands well to the browsing by animals.
    Khejri withstands hot winds & dry seasons and exhibits considerable drought hardiness. The tree reproduces freely by root suckers and establishes well from seeds too. The seeds should be soaked for 24 hours before plantation

    Culinary use: leaves

    Ornamental use: Can be used for ornamental purpose

    Medicinal use:

  • Prosopis Cineraria plant produces gum, which is obtained during May and June.
  • The bark of the tree is dry, acrid, bitter with a sharp taste; cooling anthelmintic; tonic, cures leprosy, dysentery, bronchitis, asthma, leukoderma, hemorrhoids and muscle tremors.
  • The smoke of the leaves is good for eye troubles.

  • Note: The following information is general guidelines. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines.


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