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Flora of Sikkim: Volume 1: Monocotyledons

P.K. Hajra (Editor) D.M. Verma (Editor)
Synopsis The state of Sikkim situated on the flanks of the Eastern Himalayas between 27010' - 28o5' N and 88030' - 890 E is bounded by Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the south-east, Tibet in the north and north-east and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal in the south. The topography of this pretty Himalayan state is varied. The altitudes range from 244 m to over 8598 m. Most of the 7300 sp km area is interlaced with jungle-clad ridges and deep ravines created by, and through which, the raging torrents of the mountain rivers speed and emerald valleys alternating with their terraced hill-sides and dense forests; a variety of plant beauties along with water-falls, rivulets, lakes and snow-capped mountains girdling the state in a protective embrace, embellish the land. The climatic, edaphic, altitudinal and biotic variations with their complex inter-relationship and species composition have resulted in different kinds of vegetation cover in the area. The forests cover ca 42.8% (3124 sq. km) of the total geographic area, of which 2260 sq km are protected and reserve forests. The state is very rich in biological diversity. It is estimated that ca 5000 species of flowering plants, ca 350 pteridophytes and ca 15 species of gymnosperms occur in this region. In addition to these a large number of non-flowering plants such as liver-worts, lichens, mosses, algae and fungi also occur.
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About the author

P.K. Hajra

Prabhat Kumar Hajra (b. January 28, 1940) received his early education at Sekenderpur, a village in Hooghly District of West Bengal and graduation from Calcutta University.  He obtained Masters Degree in Botany from Guahati University and Ph.D. degree from the same university.  From 1961 to 1992 he worked in Central National Herbarium, Calcutta, Eastern Circle, Shillong, and Northern Circle, Dehradun of Botanical Survey of India in different capacities.  He established the Sikkim Himalayan Circle of Botanical Survey of India.  He joined the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India as Director Biosphere Reserve and worked during the period 1992-1993.  HE then rejoined Botanical Survey of India as Director in 1993 and retired on supre-annuation in 1998.  Since 1998 he is involved in a project sponsored jointly by the Department of Space and Biotechnology, Government of India as one of the collaborators.  He has authored manmy publications of botanical interest such as Plant wealth of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Botany of Kaziranga and Manas, Brahmakamal and its allies etc.  He has also edited a large number of books on the Flora of India.  He is the author of over 100 publications in various scientific journals.  During his intensive field survey all over India, he discovered numerous plant species that are new to science.  He has also extensively toured all over the world in connection to his scientific pursuit.  He is the author of several popular books in English as well as Hindi.

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Title Flora of Sikkim: Volume 1: Monocotyledons
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 336p. Plates.