Hidden-Kingdom—Fantastical Plants of the Western Ghats

A Book About the Beauty and Diversity of the Western Ghats


The Western Ghats of South India is a lush, evergreen forest with a wide variety of flora. Hidden Kingdom -Fantastical Plants of the Western Ghats, is as lush and glorious as the bio-diversity it showcases. The book's blurb says, "Featuring the weird and the whacky, the carnivorous and the parasitic, the poisonous, the stinky and the unimaginably valuable, this books aims to be the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of the Plant Kingdom if you will."

As our forests deplete the team of Hidden Kingdom- Fantastical Plants of the Western Ghats has done great service by documenting one of the most beautiful parts of coastal India. You can read about what motivated the team to come up with this book championing plants, a comprehensive note about the value of the Western Ghats, the plants featured in the book and further resources at

This book is a great read for budding biologists, conservationists and environmentalists, in that it points them to the heterogeneity of the Western Ghats. The book is sized 22.5 x 30 cm and has a hardcover with a velvet lamination. This 50- page book with its copper-foiled spine has splendid botanical illustrations by the inimitable Nirupa Rao; photos are by Prasenjeet Yadav. The book has rhyme-form text by Suniti Rao and Nirupa Rao. Botany notes are by Siddarth Machado. This complete package can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. 

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