News: The Jammu & Kashmir administration has decided to translocate three fully-grown Chinar trees from elsewhere to the Char Chinar Island, where the decayed trees once stood in the ‘green’ of health.
About Char Chinar Island
It is an island in Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. It is also sometimes called Char Chinari, Ropa Lank or Rupa Lank.
Note: Dal Lake includes 3 islands – Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal.
About Chinar Trees
Chinar trees characteristically grow in Eastern Himalayas. Their botanical name is Platanus orientalis.
Type: It is a large, deciduous tree known for its longevity and spreading crown.
These trees have survived for ages because Chinar is basically a long-living tree. It spreads wide across a region of cool climate with sufficient water. In autumn, its deep green leaves may change to blood red, amber, and yellow.
Application of Chinar tree: 1) Leaves and bark – medicine, 2) Wood – It is known as lacewood and used for delicate furniture, 3) Twigs and roots – used for making dyes.