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Seedling Characteristics of Some Invasive Alien Species of Asteraceae from West Bengal, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Rishi Bankim Chandra College, Naihati, 24 Parganas (N), West Bengal-743165, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (11), Pages 17-20, November,10 (2016)


In the present communication, seedling specific identification details of five alien invasive species of Asteraceae from West Bengal, India have been provided. The seedlings of the investigated species revealed some interesting characters as to the shape and surface of cotyledons; phyllotaxy, shape of first two leaves and subsequent leaves; surface and length of hypocotyl and internodes, etc. that can be used to distinguish them at their juvenile stage. The identification of seedlings of these alien species will help in eradicating them from the ecosystem at an early stage to minimize environmental damage and economic loss.


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