Trees of Delhi is a brilliant field guide that describes more than species of trees in and around Delhi, with their local as well as scientific names. The book. Book>>Trees of Delhi A Field Guide by Pradip Krishen Penguin Books India>> Dorling Kindersley Trees of Delhi book. Read 6 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Trees of Delhi introduces you to every tree you are likely to spot in.
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Pradeep Krishen is a nature-lover and in his book Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide, he has made a list of more than species of trees found in Delhi. This book is . Title, Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide. Author, Pradip Krishen. Contributor, Delhi Tourism. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, Penguin Books India, Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide, authored by Pradip Krishen, introduces you to different types of Pradip has also authored the book Jungle Trees of Central India.
A blog on Delhi, and all things Indian. If you like something, leave a comment! Are they local trees, native to Delhi, planted in straight lines along the avenues when Imperial Delhi was created? Or have they been imported from elsewhere? When do they flower? How are they pollinated?
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But I'm determined to make a start! So here's where I'm beginning - with the big line of trees all along Rajpath and India Gate.
Quite a fitting start, don't you think? These beautiful dense green trees are rai-jamun R for the blessedly tart Rai-Jamun!
One letter done! Wondering what a rai-jamun is?
It's a tree from the myrtle family, a species of flowering trees that grow widely around the world, primarily in Asia and Australia. It is evergreen in nature, which might explain why this sort of tree was chosen by the city planners to line this important road.
If a deciduous tree had been chosen, it would shed its leaves in the scorching hot Delhi summers, you see? That would not have suited the British planners of Imperial Delhi, who definitely wanted a very green Delhi.
Here's a report from Captain George Swinton, Chairman of the Town Planning Committee, sent in , referring to the creation of Imperial Delhi: Trees will be everywhere, in every garden however small it may be, and along the sides of every roadway, and Imperial Delhi will be in the main a sea of foliage. It may be called a city, but it is going to be quite different from any city that the world has known.
Quite a vision, eh? So the evergreen rai-jamun found favour with the planners; whereas many other earlier Mughal garden favourites lost out. Both rai-jamun and jamun were planted by the British.
The rai-jamun was planted on Rajpath and India Gate; and the jamun, the most popular of the Lutyen's avenue trees, was planted on Tughlaq, Rajaji, Motilal Nehru, etc.
In case you're wondering what the difference between jamun and rai-jamun is, here's a dummies guide : So if you walk past India Gate in August, you'll be eating the smaller jamuns! Every year the Delhi civic authorities auction the rights to collect fruits off the avenue trees.