Enough of the rocky surface is covered with a thin coating of soil to enable the natives to grow yams, taro, bananas, &c., for their support; cotton thrives well, and has even been exported in small quantities, but there is no space available for its cultivation on any considerable scale.
Tobacco thrives well in New South Wales and Victoria, but kinds suitable for exportation are not largely grown.
Hardy fruit thrives, and live-stock breeding prospers.
The tea plant thrives and is being planted fairly rapidly on the Black Sea littoral in Transcaucasia.
"The first part of Persis which lies along the Persian Gulf is hot, sandy and barren and only the date palm thrives there.
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