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Flora of the Upper Gangetic Plain, and of the Adjacent Siwalik and Sub-Himalayan Tracts

Nature volume 88, page 411 (25 January 1912) | Download Citation



THIS volume treats the second and third series of Hooker's Gamopetalæ. The order Ericales is wanting from the flora; otherwise twenty-six out of thirty families are represented. There are three large families, the Acanthaceæ, Labialæ, and Scrophulariaceæ; paucity of species is very noticeable, and many genera are unispecific; Ipomcea is the chief exception, as it supplies twelve indigenous and seven important cultivated species. Several changes are made in generic nomenclature from that followed in “The Flora of British India,” such as the segregation of Ipomcea into four species; these changes are noted without the comment that one would have expected. Very few indigenous species in these series are of much economic importance. Diospyros tomentosa supplies the ebony of northern India; Tectona grandis is described as native; Sesamum indicum is cultivated, but not to any great extent.

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