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Winter is bloom time in Rajasthan desert
Rajasthan desert is part of Thar desert of NW India covering the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. Total area of desert is 3.21 lac sq.kms. This is essentially sandy desert with few stony areas. But 61% of desert area is covered in the state of Rajasthan. In the non rainy days desert gives a very boring view to an onlooker. But come rains and it livens up with greenery immediately after rains and also in winter.

Desert Plants- Most of them are from xerophytes group comprising shrubs, thorny bushes, trees, creepers, herbs etc. Scientific studies have reported 682 plant species representing 352 genera, out of which 136 are said to be having some economic importance or having medicinal values.

Months immediately after rains and the entire winter from October to February is bloom time in desert. In this particular time period, part of area becomes not only green but also displays varied colours due to flower blooms. Majority of plants having colourful blooms in desert are having wild growth. This in turn exhibits a scenario pleasing to the eye. And probably one of the reasons winter now is also boom time for tourism in Rajasthan desert.

Some examples of  beautiful flowers of desert.

Kair- Capparis dessidua- flame red flowers

Akda- Callotropis procera, purple to blue flowers

Rohida- Tecomella undulata, this is state flower of Rajasthan,beautiful hues of yellow& red

Melon flower- also called blind love

Utakanta- Echinops echinatus, also called Kantaphala in Sanskrit, Shuliyo in Gujarati, Oont kantalo in Marwari. Flowers are blue to purple in colour

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