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Arid Zone regional centre, Jodhpur

Established on 18th February, 1972 at Jodhpur with jurisdiction of Rajasthan and Gujarat States. The area under jurisdiction encompass three main biogeographic regions viz. Thar desert, Rann and Coastal areas and Semi-arid zone which separates Thar in the north and Coasts in the south, besides several physiographic regions. The main hill ranges which transect the area include Aravalli, Vindhyas and Sahyadri, with highest peak at Mt. Abu between Nilgiri in the south and Himalaya in the north. The important rivers include Luni, Banas, Mahi, Chambal, Sabarmati, Narmada and Tapti. The occurrence of fossil wood logs of Jurassic age remind the prehistoric floral composition of the area. The climatic and edaphic variabilities have further increased the heterogenic nature of the area.
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Museum

About 220 exhibits of plants and their products, covering famine foods, medicine, oil, dyes, gum, resin, household articles, agriculture implements, fossil woods from the jurisdiction of this circle have been displayed. The plant diversity of different ecosystems of this region have been depicted through photographs..

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Library

The library has c. 3760 old and latest books and 2500 back issues of Indian as well as foreign journals dealing with different aspects of floristics, plant taxonomy, phytogeography, ecology, genetics, environment and conservation, ethnobotany etc. The library subscribes about 20 foreign and 8 Indian journals. Some of the significant classical literature housed in the library are : Linnaeus’s Oland and Gotland Journey Flora Cochinchinensis by Loureiro SystemaVegetabilium by Caroli a Linneai Species Plantarum and Mantissa Plantarum by Linnaeus PhilosophiaBotanica by Linnaeus Genera Plantarum (V ed.) by Linnaeus Illustration of Botany of Himalayan mountains and Flora of Cashmere by Royle HortusMalabaricus by Van Rheede Plants of the Coast of Coromandel by Roxburgh Genera Plantarum (Vol. 1-3) by G. Bentham and J. D. Hooker IconesPlantarumIndiaeOrientalis and Prodromus Florae PenninsulaeIndiaeOrientalis by Wight Prodromus by De Candolle Die NaturlichenPflanzenfamilien by Engler and Prantl Das Pflanzenreich by Engler Flora Aegyptiaca-Arabia by Forskal Hooker’s IconesPlantarum Plantae AsiaticaRariores by Wallich Botanical Miscellany (3 vols.) by W. J. Hooker Nova Genera et Species Plantarum by Humboldt Bonpland and Kunth Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae by Robert Brown Flora Taurica-Caucasica by Marschall and Bieberstein

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