Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 1430-1438 April-June 2013

 

FLORISTIC DIVERSITY OF THE PATNADEVI FOREST, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

 

Rathod Mulchand

S.S.M.M. Arts, Science and Commerce College, Pachora, Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

Received on : August 10, 2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

For the conservation and sustainable management of any forest, it requires a good knowledge of its biodiversity. The present study was conducted in Patnadevi forest of Maharashtra (India) to find out its floristic diversity. The study area is composed of 86 families, 292 genera and 432 species. It also shows that about 40 families are represented by solitary genus of these 34 genera are represented by only one species each. Out of the 86 families monocotyledons share 15 % (13 families) and dicotyledonous share 85 % (73 families). Out of 292 genera monocotyledons share 16% (47 genera) and dicotyledonous share 84% (245 genera). Out of total 432 species monocotyledons share 15% (66 species) and dicotyledonous share 85 % (366 species). The ratio of monocotyledons to dicotyledonous families is 1:5.61, for genera is 1:5.21 and for species is 1:6.54. Total genus species ratio of the region is 1: 1.47. Endemic and exotic elements, threatened and endangered taxa and medicinal plants of the study area are also discussed in this paper. 

 

Keywords : Floristic diversity, Conservation, Sustainable management, Biodiversity, Patnadevi forest

 

 

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