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Find the odd one out: With reference to flora of India
a. Deodar
b. Orchid
c. Anjan
d. Banyan

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Last updated date: 21st Jul 2024
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Hint: Three out of the four flora mentioned in the question are natively found in India whereas one of these is native to South America but is also found in India. Most of them are used for the manufacturing of perfumes.

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Deodar Forests are forests dominated by deodar also referred to as Deodar Cedars. These sorts of trees are found naturally in Western Himalayas from the Gandaki river in central Nepal to the Hindu kush range in Afghanistan.
Orchids are flowering plants that are epiphytic in nature, that is they grow on tree trunks of other trees. They have commercial importance because of their beautiful and beneficial flowers. They are basically native to South America but are also grown in north western parts of India.
Anjan tree has drooping slender branches with a conical crown that becomes broader later and is found in several parts of India. This tree can grow in loose as well as hard soils equally well.
Banyan is the national tree of India, whose branches root themselves like new trees over an outsized area. The tree is revered as sacred in Hindu philosophy. The roots provide support to the branches. Due to this characteristic and its longevity, this tree is taken into account as immortal and is an integral part of India.

Thus, we can see that except for orchids, all the trees are native to India. So, option B is the correct answer.

Note:
Even today, the banyan is the focus of village life and therefore the village council meets under the shade of this tree. Being native thereto country adds to the privileged status of the tree to be considered as a national symbol.