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The Flora of the Nilgiri and Pulney Hill-tops (above 6500 feet), being the Wild and Commoner introduced Flowering Plants round the Hill-stations of Ootacamund, Kotagiri, and Kodaikanal

Nature volume 96, page 615 (03 February 1916) | Download Citation



THE need for guides to the plants of particular Indian districts has been felt since English rule was established in the East. The wish to meet it, perhaps stimulated by the posthumous publication of Roxburgh's “Flora Indica” in 1832, led to the preparation of Graham's Bombay “Catalogue” in 1839, of Munro's “Hortus Agrensis” in 1844, and of Voigt's “Hortus Calcuttensis” in 1845. The appearance in 1855 of that fine fragment, the “Flora Indica” of Hooker and Thomson, led to Sir W. Elliot's “Flora Andhrica” for Madras, of which the only part was issued in 1859, and to Dalzell and Gibson's “Bombay Flora,” published in 1861. In 1872 Sir Joseph Hooker commenced as an official undertaking his masterly “Flora of British India.” After this date, except as regards Bombay, the requirements of forest officers involved the provision of Beddome's Madras “Flora Sylyatica” and Brandis's “Forest Flora of North-west and Central India” in 1874, Kurz's “Forest Flora of British Burma” in 1877, and Gamble's “List of the Trees, etc., of the Darjeeling District” in 1878. With these exceptions, between 1872 and 1897, when the last volume of Hooker's “Flora” appeared, the energies of Indian botanists were directed to assisting that author in his arduous task.

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