In dry areas of Rajasthan, where rainfall is less than 50 centimetres, the vegetation turns into scanty scrubs or bushes and is called Thorny Forest. The most important trees found here are various types of acacia, babul and kikar. These trees have long tap roots, small leaves and thorny branches. These trees are an important source of wood, tanning and dyeing material, catechu or kattha, etc. One can find thorny vegetation all through the Thar Desert, the leeward side of the Deccan Plateau and in large parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
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