MORINGA CLASSIFICATION – SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION
Moringa classification in this article is based on the Botanical Classification method of crops. Read on to learn how Moringa crop is scientifically classified.
After reading, you will also know the botanical name of Moringa crop and can easily use it.
Before classifying Moringa scientifically, let us reflect on the different local names of Moringa.
Latin -Moringa oleifera
Hindi – Saguna, Sainjana
Chinese – La ken
Portuguese – Moringa, Moringueiro
Arabian – Rawag
Spanish – Angela, Ben, Moringa
French – Moringe a graine ailee, morungue
English – drumstick tree, (from the appearance of the long, slender, triangular seed-pods), horseradish tree (from the taste of the roots, which resembles horseradish), ben oil tree, or benzoil tree (from the oil which is derived from the seeds)
Now, see the scientific classification of moringa crop;
Kingdom : Plantae
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class : Magnoliopsida
Order : Violes
Family : Moringaceae
Genus : Moringa
Species : Oleifera
Family ayurvedic : Shobhanjan kul
Vernacular names of Moringa oleifera in Asia
(Bengalese): Munga ara, Sajna, Sojna, Sujana
(Gujarati): Midho-saragavo, Saragavo, Saragvo, Suragavo
(Hindi): Munga ara, Shajmah, Shajna, Segra
(Hindi/Orissa): Sanjna, Saijna, Shajna, Soandal
(Kanarese): Nugga egipa, Nugge, Noogay, Nuggi Mara
(Kol): Mulgia, Munga ara, Mungna
(Kumao-Himalayan region): Sunara
(Konkani/Goa): Moosing, Mosing
(Malayalam): Sigru, Moringa, Muringa, Murinna, Morunna
(Marathi): Sujna, Shevga, Shivga
(Modesia/W. Bengal): Mangnai
(Oriya): Munigha, Sajina
(Punjabese): Sanjina, Soanjana
(Rajasthan): Lal Sahinjano
(Sanskrit): Danshamula, Shobhanjana, Sigru Shobhanjan, Sobhan jana
(Tamil): Morunga, Murungai, Murunkak-kai
(Telegu): Sajana, Tella-Munaga
(Teling): Morunga, Morungai
(Central provinces): Mulaka, Saihan
(Western region): Sundan
DESCRIPTION OF CROP
Moringa oleifera is a small, fast-growing evergreen or deciduous tree that usually grows up to 10 or 12 m in height.
It has a spreading, open crown of drooping, fragile branches, feathery foliage of tripinnate leaves, and thick, corky, whitish bark.
The leaves are bipinnate or more commonly tripinnate, up to 45 cm long, and are alternate and spirally arranged on the twigs.
Pinnae and pinnules are opposite; leaflets are 1.2 to 2.0 cm long and 0.6 to 1.0 cm wide, the lateral leaflets elliptic, the terminal ones obovate; while petioles of lateral leaflets are 1.5 to 2.5 mm long.
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