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 One of the major objective at oikos is to promote 'Native Plants' through our work and publications.

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Native species are those which naturally occur in given set of landscape & climate. They are climatically & ecologically appropriate varieties that have been co-evolving through adaptations for years with changing environmental conditions. They maintain & improve ecosystems, and are base of food for local fauna. They are most suited for the area in terms of soil conditions, micro-climate, & topography. Plants find their niche as per various habitat requirements and flourish. They vary as per various agro-climatic zones. Different biospheres or biotopes harbour different biodiversity, be it Himalayas, deserts of Rajasthan, semi-arid region of central Maharashtra or evergreen forests of Keral, mangroves of Sundarbans.

In Maharashtra, Walunj, Umbar, Sherani grow in or on banks of streams & rivers, while Waras, Sonaki, Terada grow on open slopes devoid of soil. Phansada, Makadlimbu need very specific micro-climatic conditions so found in dense forests, while Neem, Wad, Nandruk provide shade & food in harsh arid landscape.

Do we want our plantations to look like green deserts devoid of any life ? Let’s start restoring our natural wealth. Look at the application of native trees; we can use them in forestry, energy plantations, oil-seeds, general plantations, avenues, beautification, medicine, food… wherever we need to plant, native plants has tremendous potential.

‘लागवड’  (Lagwad) e-book : Preferring local or native plants while planting is now ingrained in the society. But it is in the interest of nature to implement this project by studying the region, land and habitat where we are going to cultivate. Planting should be associated with 'restoration'. This book tries to explain why and how to do this. We are happy to receive your feedback !
The e-book can be purchased on Kindle & Google Playbooks

Price: Rs. 100 /- only


A CD ‘Grow Natives’ was published in March 2006, giving information about 300 native plants along with photographs. It contains information about 300 native plants along with photographs. Main feature of the CD is user can get ready plant lists suitable to an area by selecting district and taluka. Also there are nine categories of the uses for easy selection, as follows - Landscaping, Medicinal, Timber, NTFP, Roadside plantations, Religious plants, Hedges, Ecological restoration and Rare and uncommon plants.

Along with this, CD also includes information about Nakshatra Plants, Mangroves, and Plants common to India.

It will be useful for those interested in plants and also Architects, Planners, Developers, Nurserymen, Land developers & Landscape contractors.

Price: Rs. 500 /- only


A Booklet ‘Grow Natives’ was published in June 2014, to help choose appropriate native species for plantation purposes. This booklet has photos & brief information of plants under various themes like flowering, fragrant, fruiting, shady trees, shrubs & trees suitable for mass plantation in various regions.

Price: Rs. 30 /- only

You can buy our publications from our office / leading stores in Pune like Akshardhara Book Gallery etc.


Note: CD's are out of stock.