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Capparis decidua

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Capparaceae
Scientific name  Capparis decidua
Order  Brassicales
Genus  Capparis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Capparaceae, Caper, Salvadora oleiodes, Prosopis cineraria, Ziziphus nummularia

Capparis decidua is commonly known as karira, is a useful plant in its marginal habitat. Its spicy fruits are used for preparing vegetables, curry and fine pickles and can attract helpful insectivores; the plant also is used in folk medicine and herbalism. It can be used in landscape gardening, afforestation and reforestation in semidesert and desert areas; it provides assistance against soil erosion.


Capparis decidua or dela growing at python point bharatpur

Vernacular names

Names for the plant include kair, kerda, karir, kirir, karril (Hindi: करीर or कैर Sindhi: ڪِرڙ‎).

Tree characteristics

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It is a small much branched tree or shrub of arid regions in Africa, Middle East and southern Asia, including the Thar desert. It bears a mass of slender, leafless branches, the small caducous leaves being found only on young shoots. It rarely exceeds a height of 5 meters (15 feet).

Khair city has many Kair's trees in India. This city is famous for Kair trees.

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The new flush of leaves appears in November–January. Red conspicuous flowers appear in March to April and August–September and ripe by May and October. The pink fleshy berries are readily eaten by birds. It coppices well and produces root suckers freely. It is extremely drought-resistant and tolerates some frost.


  • Capparis decidua is used as a vegetable for diabetic patients.
  • The berry is used in pickles in the western parts of India.
  • Arid Forest Research Institute
  • Khair AFRI Jodhpur
  • Karir tree in Mahabharata

    The Mahabharata Book VIII: Karna Parva, Chapter 30, verse 24 mentions tree species as Sami, Pilu and Karir tree species as under in Sanskrit and IAST:

    शमी पीलु करीराणां वनेषु सुखवर्त्मसु (śamī pīlu karīrāṇāṃ vaneṣu sukhavartmasu) अपूपान सक्तु पिण्डीश च खाथन्तॊ मदितान्विताः (apūpān saktu piṇḍīś ca khādanto mathitānvitāḥ) Meaning - "When shall I be amongst those ladies eating cakes of flour and meat and balls of pounded barley mixed with skimmed milk, in the forests, having many pleasant paths of Sami and Pilu and Karira!" (VIII.30.24)


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