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Genus Pedicularis L. (Scrophulariaceae) in India: A Revisionary Study

Tariq Husain (Author) Arti Garg (Author) Priyanka Agnihotri (Author)

This book is an outcome of the tireless efforts of the authors, between the years 2001 to 2009, who wandered in the Himalayan belt to observe the populations of Pedicularis L. in their natural habitat. The present book incorporates 83 Indian species, with many more infraspecific taxa. The text is in two halves, the first half includes general information about the genus such as microhabitat speciation, stress tolerance, hot spot, comparative morphology in tabular form, evolution in leaves and flowers, while, the second half deals with the systematic account and key to Indian species of Pedicularis. The key to the species is primarily based on the cauline leaves opposite or whorled and alternate. In the enumeration of species, each species is provided with complete nomenclature, citation, basionym, if any, synonyms, detailed morphology, phenology, ecology and distribution, critical notes and specimens examined. Line drawings of 52 taxa, 15 coloured plates and 9 plates of herbarium specimens have also been included for easy identification of taxa.

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About the authors

Tariq Husain

Dr. Tariq Husain is working with the National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR) Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh for the past 28 years, first as research scholar and later on as Scientist & Head of Biodiversity & Angiosperm Taxonomy. Through his extensive travels and field work during the last 28 years in various parts of India, Dr. Husain has gainted a first hand knowledge of the flora and vegetation of the country, particularly of the Himalayan region. He obtained his master’s degree in Botany from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and while working in NBRI, Lucknow procured his doctorate degree from A.M.U., Aligarh. Dr. Husain’s field of specialization is Angiosperm Systematic, Biodiversity conservation, Climatic change, Data basing and Digitization. He received Robert ‘O’ Bass senior scientist fellowship from FMNH, Chicago, USA and is Fellow of Society of Ethnobotanists (FES) and Fellow of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (FIAAT). So far he has published 2 books, one chapter in book on use of Molecular Markers in Biosystematics and 72 research papers both in National and International Journals.

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Arti Garg

Dr. Arti Garg the Author of this book, has been in the faculty of the Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata, Ministry of Environment and Forests, since February 2004. Born at Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, in 1965, Dr. (Mrs.) Artu Garg acquired her M.Sc, degree from the Lucknow University, Lucknow. She completed her Ph.D. from the National Botanical research Institute, Lucknow in the year 1992. After working there till 2003 in various capacity, she joined the Central National 2004. Her research interests are focused on Palynology, Taxonomy and Biodiversity and reproductive Biology and Conservation of Endangered species. So far., she has published one revision on the genus Berberis L. of family Berberidaceae while revision of the genus Pedicularis (Scrophuriaceae) is the process of publication to her achievement; she has also established the causes of rarity of a highly endangered taxa Eremostachys superba Royle ex Benth. Of family Labiatae for its conservation and rehabilitation. Adding to her credentials are about 40 research papers both in National and International journals.

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Priyanka Agnihotri

Dr. Priyanka Agnihotri, Research Associate (CSIR) is working at National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, for the past 7 years, first as project fellow and later on as Research Associates. Dr. Agnihotri acquired her M.Sc. from C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur with NBRI, procured her Ph.D. degree from C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur on ‘Monographic studies on the genus Pedicularis from Eastern Himalaya’. Her fields of specialization are Angiosperm systematics, Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation, Reproductive biology, ecology, data-basing and digitization, impact of Climatic change on the vegetation and Molecular phylogeny. She has extensively made collections almost from all phytogeographic zones of India. She received reputed visitor fellowship from FMNH, Chicago to study the Molecular phylogeny of Indian species of Pedicularis. So far, she has published 25 research papers in peer reviewed international and national journals, one chapter in book on Molecular markers and one book on floristic diversity of Bhimbetka world heritage site is in press.

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Bibliographic information

Title Genus Pedicularis L. (Scrophulariaceae) in India: A Revisionary Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121107358
length 233p., Illustrations; 24 Colour Plates; 51 Figures; References; Index; 24cm.