The Khasi Pine/pinus kesiya is one of the most distributed pines in Asia. Its range extends from south and east of Khasi hills in the state of Meghalaya from where it got its name, to northern Thailand, Burma, Laos, southernmost China, and the Philippines.
The tree is also known as the Three-needled pine and Benguet pine (from Benguet, in the province of Luzon, in the Philippines).
This species grows at elevations of 900 to 1800 mtrs and is one of the fastest growing trees of the region. The tree reaches to a height of 30-35 m and has a straight cylindrical trunk. The brown bark is thick, with longitudinal fissures. The leaves are needle-like and the cones, ovoid. The cones are 5 to 9 cms long.
The wood from the Khasi Pine is soft and light and is intensely used for timber. It is also used for making boxes, paper pulp and temporary electric poles.
( All facts taken from Wiki)
These photographs were taken at the Umiam Lake, a popular tourist spot. The lake is also known as Barapani, the literal translation means, Big Water. People come here for the scenic beauty and the lake offers water- sports facilities. Pine trees dot the banks of this lake.
The image of Shillong is synonymous with the image of pine trees. A typical sight I captured as I walked around the vicinity of the guest house we stayed in, was this....Isn't the Khasi Pine beautiful?
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The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
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