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Distribution, Population Status and Conservation of Inga cynometroides (Bedd.) Bedd.ex Baker; a Critically Endangered Tree Species from Kerala part of Western Ghats, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Tree Physiology Department, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Pin 680 653, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
  • 2Tree Physiology Department, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Pin 680 653, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
  • 3Tree Physiology Department, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Pin 680 653, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 2, Issue (4), Pages 13-18, April,8 (2014)

Abstract

The depletion of potential species particularly of RET's has been considered as one of the major causes for the present day biodiversity loss in tropical countries. This paper deals with the Distribution, Population status and Conservation of Inga cynometroides; a critically endangered tree species of Kerala Parts of Western Ghats. The population status of I. cynometroides was documented through extensive field survey and population studies carried out during 2011-2013. The population sites were geographically marked with global positioning system (GPS) and distribution map prepared using GIS Software. The investigation revealed that the population of I. cynometroides is extremely small and species have low dominance and poor ecological success in the study area. A declining population of the species I. cynometroides is located from, Kallar in Trivandrum forest division. It is the very first report from other than the type locality after the rediscovery of the species I. cynometroides from the type locality, Rosemala, Sendurney WLS of Kollam district, Kerala. As the numbers of mature trees are very limited with poor regeneration, all the populations of the species I. cynometroides in the whole study area should be preserved immediately.

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