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Conocarpus trees

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: IE

 Context: The state government of Gujarat in India has imposed a ban on the plantation of Conocarpus trees in both forest and non-forest areas due to their adverse impacts on the environment and human health.

  • The decision to ban Conocarpus comes after research reports highlighted its adverse effects, including spreading pollen that can lead to diseases like cold, cough, asthma, and allergies.
  • Conocarpus trees have deep roots that can damage telecommunication lines, drainage systems, and freshwater systems

 

Conocarpus erectus, commonly called buttonwood or button mangrove, is a mangrove shrub that grows on shorelines in tropical and subtropical regions around the world