Get to know about the species of trees which produce a huge amount of oxygen for us, so that you can grow them around you and motivate others as well to do so. And Breathe More! Breathe Better!
How do trees produce Oxygen?
We all are familiar with the term ‘Photosynthesis’. But what actually is Photosynthesis?
If we break the term into two, we get ‘photo’ and ‘synthesis’. Photo is derived from the word ‘Photon’ which literally means ‘energy packets of light’ and synthesis, everybody knows, preparing something.
So eventually, we can say that Photosynthesis is the process wherein, plants prepare their food using light energy.
Now the question comes in mind, that can sunlight actually prepare food for plants?
Well, the answer is yes!
Sun is the ultimate source of energy. And this sunlight is used by the plants to catalyze the biochemical reaction taking place in the ‘kitchen of the plant’ i.e. the leaves.
Plants take in the raw materials through different parts from the environment and then these raw materials, or we can use, more specific terms, Reactants rather, are converted into the required product.
Raw Materials :
- Carbon dioxide through Stomata present on leaves
- Water from the soil through roots
It is the magnesium-containing green-colored pigment present in the cell organelle – Chloroplast, of the leaves. It is that pro which helps in capturing all the sunlight for the process and transforming it into the chemical form for the usage.
- Carbohydrates or starch which is counted as food for plants as it contains a huge amount of energy in it.
- Oxygen, the byproduct of this process and our theme for today.
so, let’s get started…
PLANTING TREES IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS GIVING LIFE
Do it Once and Feel the Magic!
Planting trees is considered as one of the most benevolent works a person can do. As they are fulfilling our very crucial requirement – Oxygen and Of course, other things too.
They also help in the absorption of toxic elements from the environment, making it cleaner for us to survive. Due to the increasing pollution all around the world, planting as many trees as we can have become the need of the hour now.
We as Humans can at least do this to show our gratefulness towards Mother Nature.
So, Here we go with the list of 5 trees which produce an abundance of Oxygen for us….
The National Tree of India and is also considered as very sacred in Indian culture. As they grow very big in size, thus also provide a large canopy of shade. This tree starts its life as an Epiphyte. They have a Prop root system. Banyan tree produces a large amount of fig crops that help in the sustainability of various species which are dependent on this tree for survival, which in turn disperse around the seeds of this species.
Botanical Name: Ficus benghalensis
Along with the production of a huge amount of Oxygen. It is more significant in Hindu Mythology for one more reason and i.e. Enlightenment of Lord Buddha which took place underneath this tree only. It is also believed to be the representation of Trinity if Hinduism. It is a large deciduous plant that can expand almost to 60-70 feet of height. It is considered as the most oxygen-producing plant in the Indian Subcontinent.
Botanical Name: Ficus religiosa
Amla is a subtropical plant and prefers a dry environment. It is an indispensable part of the medicinal system in India. The plant produces Edible berries which are pungent in taste and light green in color. The tree can reach up to a height of 18 m. The trunk of the tree is crooked and the branches can spread all around.
Botanical Name: Phyllanthus emblica
Another tree with treasures of benefits is the Neem tree. It is native to India. This plant is evergreen in nature and one of the most efficient natural air purifiers. Typically grows in the tropical and semi-tropical environment. It is a fast-growing tree attaining the height up to 15-20 meters. The branches spread wide around. It also has a dense crown of leaves overhead. The fruits are drupe like. This tree possesses a very versatile and high medicinal value.
Botanical Name: Azadirachta indica
It is also an Indian origin plant with beautiful and fragrant flowers. It grows in rain forest regions. It has an erect evergreen stem with clusters of deep green leaves around. It is also considered significant in Hindu Mythology. It provides a merry feeling to have it around along with an abundance of fresh air to breathe.
Botanical Name: Saraca asoka
In these times of falling environmental quality and increasing pollution, we should all come together and join hands to plant more and more trees. Play our part in contributing little to the Mother Earth…