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Diversity, Ecology and Utilization of Tea Garden Pteridophytes at Duars in West Benal, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Plant Taxonomy and Environmental Biology Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734013, INDIA
  • 2Department of Tea science, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734013, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (1), Pages 47-53, January,10 (2016)

Abstract

The article mainly focused on the diversity, ecology and utilization of recorded Pteridophytes species in various tea gardens in Duars of West Bengal. This area is located at the foot hills of Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspot as it shelters a good number of endemic and threatened species of flora and fauna. During survey, a total of 44 species of Pteridophytes representing 17 families were recorded from different tea gardens of the study area. The enlisted ferns and fern allies included some rare species such as Helminthostachys zeylanica, Ophioglossum nudicales etc. signifies the importance of this region as a rich repository of Pteridophytic plant wealth. Ecological and distributional notes are given for all the species.

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