strong, this part of the country seemed dry and barren. Elevation about 800 feet above sea level. Catus very common like the species (?) with milky juice that makes curious forests on the foothills above Kalpa towards Simla at height of 2500 to 4500 feet (?) Gray almost pure on some hillsides. Very strange in appearance especially where it is bounded or mixed with yellow pine with pale yellow foliage in handsome globes on the branchlets, also where it is bounded or mingled with dark green shiny chestnut woods. The commonest tree in the lowlands of India where I have been is a small leaved Acacia. The seeds of which are used as food. The Banyan is common even on dry rocky ground when it does not grow large; saw many dead and half dead ones today, looked pitiful as they vainly tried to reach better ground with roots which only withered and dried on way down. Magnificent Avenues in Benares and Lucknow of ash trees in streets. Ilex common.
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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