Q. Consider the following statements with regarding tropical thorn forest:
1. These occur in areas with rainfall more than 100 cm.
2. These forests spread through semi-arid areas of south west Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Which of the statements above given is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

Tropical thorn forests occur in the areas which receive rainfall less than 50 cm.  

  • These consist of a variety of grasses and shrubs. It includes semi-arid areas of south west Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.  
  • In these forests, plants remain leafless for most part of the year and give an expression of scrub vegetation.  
  • Important species found are babool, ber, and wild date palm, khair, neem, khejri, palas, etc. Tussocky grass grows upto a height of 2 m as the under growth. 

Source: NCERT XI – India Physical Environment