ABOUT THE BOOK:
As a first step towards conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity, documentation of flora and fauna of the region attains top priority. In this context floristic studies of a particular area/region are vital for conservation of native and endemic species of flora and for bringing awareness about the value of wild plants and their uses.
For any floristic study authentic identification/recognition of plants in the field is a major challenge since there are a large number of vernacular and common names for the same species as well as different plant species have the same common name. Hence, besides the taxonomic description, to facilitate field identification for the first time the Book provides original photographs of all the plants recorded in the flora illustrating morphology of leaf, flower and fruits besides their common names, vernacular names in Hindi and Sanskrit, habit, habitat and distribution. Also provided for each species are chemical properties, medicinal properties and folklore and traditional medicinal uses which have been compiled from extensive literature search. The book also provides a Glossary of medical and taxonomic terms used as well as an appendix giving the properties of medicinal plant species used for various diseases and ailments in traditional and folk systems of medicines.
It is hoped that the book will be equally useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers, and researchers of Botany/Plant taxonomy/Ethnobotany/Ayurveda/Biochemistry in Colleges and Universities in India and elsewhere and it will generate interest in local plants and their conservation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Jyoti Kumar Sharma, Former Director, Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Kerala, India, a Fellow of Phytopathological Society of India, has over 40 years’ of research experience in the field of Forestry. He also held the post of the Member Secretary, Kerala State Biodiversity Board during 2005-07. He was the founding Professor and Dean, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Doon University, Dehradun. Currently, he is Professor & Head, Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Shiv Nadar University. He has published more than 110 research papers. He served as an FAO/IPGRI Expert Member to Frame Guidelines for safe movement of Eucalypt germplasm in Bangkok, Thailand and Pine germplasm in Opocne, Prague, Czech Republic. He has worked as an International Forestry Consultant, FAO (UN) in Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, East Timor, and Thailand solving various forestry problems. He served as Chairman/Coordinator, IUFRO Working Party on Diseases of Tropical Plantations, 1990-2000 and organized and chaired WP Symposium during XX World IUFRO Congress in Finland and during XXI World IUFRO Congress, Malaysia. He has been the recipient of several research fellowships awarded by British Council, Commonwealth Foundation, NORAD, JICA, and ITTO, Japan. He has served as a member of several expert committees of MoEF & CC and DBT, Govt. of India. Currently, he is a member of Research Coordination Committee, Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, GOI.
Dr. Amit Kumar Tripathi worked on “Quantitative assessment of floristic diversity and species populations in hill forests of Meghalaya” for his PhD degree in Botany awarded by North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya. Currently, he is Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Shiv Nadar University, working on Biodiversity documentation of Chithara Village Panchayat. Earlier, he worked in projects on “Mapping and quantitative assessment of geographic distribution and population status of plant resources of Eastern Himalayan Region” in the Department of Botany, NEHU, Shillong and conducted biodiversity surveys in National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Sacred Groves, Community Forests as well as Reserve Forests of Meghalaya. He has wide experience in Plant Taxonomy, especially field collection of wild plants and their identification. He has published research papers in reputed journals and attended several National Conferences and presented research papers.
Mohd. Ahmad is M.Sc. in Botany and Post Graduate Diploma in Horticulture from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Currently, he is working in the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Shiv Nadar University, in research projects on Biodiversity documentation of Chithara Village Panchayat and Establishment of Thematic Botanic Garden in SNU. He is deeply involved with the collection of variety of plants and planting them in different themes in SNU Botanic Garden. He has keen research interest in development of new gardens and their landscaping, medicinal plants, biodiversity and Plant Taxonomy.