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Seagrasses of Coromandel Coast India

K. Ramamurthy (Author) N.P. Balakrishnan (Author) K. Ravikumar (Author)
Synopsis Seagrasses are marine plants belonging to two monocotyledonous families, Hydrocharitaceae and Potamogetonaceae. Being the only submerged marine angiosperms to have very successfully adapted to survive in the saline environment, these form a very fascinating group of plants. They are distinct from the members of the grass family Poaceae and should not be confused with them. Of the 52 species of seagrasses available in both tropical and temperate waters around the world, 14 species are found along the Coromandel coast (eastern coast of Peninsular India) extending to a length of about 2000 km. In India very few works have been carried out on these special groups of plants eventhough we have around 6000 km long coastal belt, consisting of many bays, gulfs, lagoons, estuaries and backwaters, abounding in rich wealth of seagrasses. Therefore, it was felt to be worth-while to make a detailed survey and study of the seagrasses of Coromandel coast. The present work is the result of such an exhaustive study conducted for the first time in India and contains detailed original descriptions, illustrations, ecological notes of all the species involved.
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About the author

N.P. Balakrishnan

Dr. Nambiyath P. Balakrishnan was born on July 27, 1935.  He received his M.A. degree in Botany from Madras University in 1958 and M. Sc. in Plant Taxonomy from Liverpool University in 1967.  his thesis on the flora of Jowai, Meghalaya fetched him Ph.D. degree from Gauhati University, Assam in 1972.  He worked in the Botanical Survey of India from August 1958 to July 1993 and worked in the offices at Coimbatore, Howarah, Shillong, Prot Blair and Allahabad.  At the time of retirement he was Joint Director and head of the office of Madras Herbarium, Coimbatore.  He made extensive botanical explorations and collection of specimens from various forest areas of Peninsular India, Central India, Assam, Meghalaya, Bhutan, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.  His collections amounting to more than 10,000 field numbers are deposited in MH, CAL, ASSAM, PBL, K and L.  On his retirement he continued his research work as Emeritus Scientist at Southern Circle of Botanical Survey of India, Coimbatore.  He guided 4 students for Ph.D. degree.  His research work in Plant Taxonomy yielded 180 scientific articles in various Indian and International journals.  He authored 5 books and edited Volumes 1 & 2 of Flora of India.  He discovered 2 new genera, 72 new species and several new varieties.  He is continuing his interest and research on the family Euphorbiaceae.

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Title Seagrasses of Coromandel Coast India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 80p., Col. Plates; Maps; Figures; References; Index.