Special features of Tropical Deciduous Forests are:

(i) Tropical deciduous forests form a natural cover almost all over India, particularly by between regions of 200 and 75 cm of annual rainfall. Hence they are called the monsoon forests par excellence.

(ii) They are economically very important because of timber like sal and teak.

(iii) They need care as they are less fire resistant.


(iv) They are of two types-moist and dry. Moist forests are found on the eastern slopes of Western Ghats, North eastern parts of the Peninsular Chhota Nagpur plateau and along the Shiwaliks.

The rest of the country has dry forests.

(v) They are called deciduous because in dry season they shed their leaves once in a ear.