So, do you remember how i said i’ll be back with more information about the climber which is exponentially growing in the trees of Shimla? Here i am with more information that the climbers which are seen in the trees of Pine, Cedrus and Deodar are basically of two types:– One is Hedra helix and the other is Vitis spp. They are basically saprophytic as well as parasitic in nature. There main source of nutrition is the trees themselves and with the help of this nutrition they complete their life cycle like flowering and giving rise to fruits etc. They can be 2-4 inches thick or may be more.
We tried finding more about these climbers which led us to the officials. Although the officials were full of their opinions, which is perfectly fine. Acc. to one of them these climbers are a major problem to the forests of Shimla and should be eradicated as soon as possible. They are willing to provide us their cooperation by providing us as much help as they can. While others simply said that, these climbers are not a severe issue as there are issues that needs more priority than this. They said that the climbers are the part of the natural forest ecosystem, so they are there for a reason. There is no need to chop them off as they are doing what they are suppose to do and since they are saprophytes they can derive their nutrition even from the bark. The rest of the officials said that they don’t know if any sort of research has been done or not? So nothing can be assumed, which i think is true because we cannot make things an issue if they seriously are not.
What i think is okay the climbers are not causing any sort of major problem to the trees, but if they aren’t then how can they grow so exponentially?
Secondly i feel like these climbers must be obstructing the sunlight disrupting the process of photosynthesis.
Since there has been no research done till now on these climbers, we cannot say anything if they are a problem or not?
What do you guys think? Are they dangerous to our forests or not?
Hey readers, recently I went to this awesome park near Shiv Baudi in Summerhill. The morning sunrise peaks from the tall trees of pine and deodar and gives it a magnificent glow. There are number of swings so that the children can enjoy them and can even study there with the pleasant sound of nature humming like a lullaby. It is so peaceful over there. The coolest part of the park was the 15 ft. long slide, making it one of the longest slide in Himachal Pradesh. The locals contributed a lot to build the park seeing the issue of children being more involved in video games rather than enjoying outdoor games or admiring the greatest gift of Mother Earth “Our Nature”. This is a huge step for teaching the kids about the importance of health and environment. The visit became more awesome when I saw how rich the biodiversity is. There were beautiful rare birds too.
Again I would be sharing some pictures I clicked there for you to look at it, so that you can visit it whenever you want to.You can also see more pics on the link below. I am sure you would be as happy as i was after visiting there.
What is it that is eating the trees of Shimla?
The trees of Shimla are the heart and soul of Shimla. The fresh air we breathe and the feeling of calmness is all because of the immense diversity of trees here in Shimla. It is known for the coniferous and evergreen forests like Pine, Chir and Deodar. Although there have been a wooden climber which is growing rapidly and invading these trees, most of the trees suffering from this weed is losing its viability resulting in death of these trees. Most of the people here in Shimla aren’t very aware of this growing parasite but soon it would be consuming whole of the forest cover of Shimla. This plant parasite is in desperate need to be eradicated completely or we will be losing something which is so precious to us. So next time you see any of this woody climber in any tree just cut it out and you would be doing your bit in keeping Shimla as greener as it is. Even the tourists can participate in vanquishing this parasite because trees are what makes Shimla so beautiful and serene.
I would be sharing some photos of this woody climber too so you could easily identify them. I’d be updating what this climber is actually called and how does it grows that fast? Stay tuned. Cut it as soon as you see it please for forests and for yourself.