Status of Isoetes coromandeliana L.f. and Equisetum debile Roxb. ex Voucher in Gujarat State, Western India

  • Suresh K. PATEL Government Science College, Department of Botany, 382016 Gandhinagar
  • Ronak N. KACHHIYAPATEL The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany, 390002 Vadodara
  • Anirudh P. SINGH Chief Conservator of Forests, Wild Life Circle, Sardar Baug, 362001 Junagadh
  • Kishore S. Rajput The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany, 390002 Vadodara
Keywords: conservation; diversity; extinction; habitat loss; pteridophytes

Abstract

Occurrence of Isoetes coromandeliana L.f. in natural ponds of Harni, Savali and Tuwa (India) is known since 1956 by earlier workers. Equisetum debile Roxb. ex Voucher was also reported in 1962 growing as wild at Savali. Available literature indicates that I. coromandeliana falls under the category of ‘near threatened’ in Asian continents and as an ‘endangered species’ at national (India) level. In the current field work study, the authors could not locate the investigated species from the locations earlier documented by researchers. Few saplings of I. coromandeliana were observed at Talod and Vaktapur near Gandhinagar, a new location for the species. In contrast, E. debile appeared to be lost in wild from Gujarat. Their extinction from earlier reported locations is associated with anthropogenic pressure and thus legal action for their protection is needed. The present paper suggests further survey and habitat based studies and recommends conservation and management action plans based upon the ecology of the habitat.

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Published
2015-12-13
How to Cite
PATEL, S. K., KACHHIYAPATEL, R. N., SINGH, A. P., & Rajput, K. S. (2015). Status of Isoetes coromandeliana L.f. and Equisetum debile Roxb. ex Voucher in Gujarat State, Western India. Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 7(4), 441-443. https://doi.org/10.15835/nsb749696
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Research article