Seemai Karuvelam tree

  • Seemai Karuvelam tree species are native to West Africa.
  • It was brought to Tamil Nadu in 1960s as fuelwood.
  • It disrupts the local ecosystem of its habitation by soaking in all the ground water near it.
  • It is an invasive species that has infiltrated the water bodies and dry lands of Tamil Nadu.
  • Why in news? Madras High Court has ordered Tamil Nadu government to enact a law with prohibitory and penal clauses to eradicate Seemai Karuvelam (prosopis juliflora) trees within two months.

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