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Endemic Plants of the Indian Region: Peninsular India (Volume I)

M P Nayar (Author) M. Ahmedullah (Author)
Synopsis The writing of this book stems from the authors longstanding interest in endemism, phytogeography and plant conservation. The authors have worked on the endemic plants of India and a series of papers on this subject have been published as noted in the list of references. After Chatterjee's (1940) publication of the endemic flora of India, the studies on endemism did not receive appropriate attention. Since then, due to major taxonomic revisions and new discoveries, concepts of endemic taxa received fresh attention. It is felt timely to collate all new data on endemism and update the existing basic information. Aiming the above, since the endemic taxa of India have restricted distribution in three major geographical regions of India, i.e. the peninsular India, the Himalayan chain of mountains and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the first volume of the series, is restricted to the endemic flowering plants of peninsular India. The chapters 1-5 relate to the general concept of endemism, rarity and extinction-prone endemic species and the concept of evaluating extinction-prone or threatened taxa. Geographically, the endemism in the W. ghats and the E. ghats have been specially dealt with. For each family the general distribution pattern is discussed giving a brief analysis of the relevant genera. The families are broadly classified as per the arrangement of the families followed by Cronquist (1981). The species ins each family have been arranged alphabetically: the name of the species is followed by its habit and known distribution. Attempt has been made to update the taxonomic nomenclature and distribution of the endemic plants herein. This book is basically a phytogeographical treatise with emphasis on the need for conservation. Shri M. Ahmedullah, Senior Research Scholar of the Botanical Survey of India working under my guidance has done a good job in the final shaping of the book. I hope this book will give impetus to the conservation of rare and endemic taxa.
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About the authors

M P Nayar

Dr. M.P. Nayar, Botanical Survey of India received M.Sc. degree from the University of Kerala (1955) with a First Class and First Rank and Ph.D. from the University of London (1966).  He worked as Botanist at Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K. from 1961-1967.  He visited several Herbaria and Gardesn inj Europe during 1961-1967.  He monographed the family Melastomataceae for South East Asia.  He is the author of five books and a book on "The Names of Flowering Plants" is under publication.  He has about 150 original scientific papers to his credit and he described about 110 new species in the above-mentioned publications.  He represented the Department of Environment as the leader of the Indian Team on Plant Working Group for the Convention of International Trade on Endangered Species in Fabruary 1984 at Tuscon, U.S.A.  He is also working as Consultant and Chairman, Indian Subcontinent Plant Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission of IUCN.

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M. Ahmedullah

Shri M. Ahmedullah, Senior Research Fellow of the Botanical Survey of India is working for his Ph.D. degree from 1982 onwards under the guidance of Dr. M.P. Nayar, Director, Botanical Survey of India.  After graduating with First Class from the Osmania University he took his Masters degree from the Andhra University.  He has been working on the endemic and rare plants of India.  He has published about ten papers on the rarity and endemism of plants of India.

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Title Endemic Plants of the Indian Region: Peninsular India (Volume I)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1986
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length viii+264p., Figures; Plates; Tables; Maps; Index; 25cm.