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Striga gesnerioides. Commonly known as cowpea witchweed and locally referred to as missi. This plant can often be found growing on the roots of thhor (Euphorbia caducifolia) but the pretty pink flowers only appear in the rains

Commonly known as witchweed is an extremely invasive weed, parasitic in nature it rapidly takes over fields and crops. USDA and CDFA quarantined species.

Echinops echinatus or globe thistle. Locally known as oont kantalo, this spiny plant is part of the daisy family

Echinops echinatus or globe thistle. Locally known as oont kantalo, this spiny plant is part of the daisy family

Devikund wetland at Jaswant Thada, a home to some very special winter migrating birds.

Devikund wetland at Jaswant Thada, a home to some very special winter migrating birds.

Chaandni 2, in May, at the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was pure magic. The moon and all kinds of clouds showed up to add drama to the already fabulous Manganiar music.

Chaandni 2 at the Rao Jodha Desert Rock park was pure magic. The moon and all kinds of clouds showed up to add drama to the already fabulous Manganiar.

Euphorbia caducifolia. Commonly known as leafless spurge and known locally as thhor, this is a vitally important component of desert flora and the emblematic plant of the Park.

Commonly known as leafless spurge and known locally as thhor, this is a vitally important component of desert flora and the emblematic plant of the Park.

Tiny Grass Blue- one of the smallest butterflies found in India. It is on Launea/Jungli Gobi flower.

Tiny Grass Blue- one of the smallest butterflies found in India. It is on Launea/Jungli Gobi flower.

Come monsoon and a lot comes alive in the desert. One of them is the Velvet Mite.

Come monsoon and a lot comes alive in the desert. One of them is the Velvet Mite.

A Guava Blue Butterfly in Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

A Guava Blue Butterfly in Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Calotropis procera or giant milkweed. Locally known as aakado, it loves disturbed soil and salty sand where it can form nearly pure colonies

Calotropis procera or giant milkweed. Locally known as aakado, it loves disturbed soil and salty sand where it can form nearly pure colonies

To find out more about Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, visit www.raojodhapark.com

To find out more about Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, visit www.raojodhapark.com

There are fantastic walking trails you can take to explore the Park. This is part of the yellow or Gully trail, which goes through the middle of the Park in an old aqueduct.

Jodhpur The Blue City Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Aristida grass in December

Aristida grass in December