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Problems Associated with Studying Spatial Distribution of Plants Through Herbarium Anthology: A Case Study of Family Berberidaceae in North West Himalaya

  • Harish Chander DuttEmail author
  • Yashbir Singh Bedi
Research Article

Abstract

Estimation of spatial plant distribution of a large area is very tedious and time consuming assignment. In this regard, herbaria of the world are supposed to be the excellent repositories of the plant collections for reference purpose. But many repositories of the world do not have the associated information of the collections and thus it becomes a muddle for future studies. The aim of this study is to know the extent of this mess. Therefore, spatial distribution of Berberidaceae members in NW Himalaya was studied through available herbarium data in three herbaria at Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Janaki Ammal Herbarium, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine and Herbarium, Department of Botany, Punjabi University. It is observed that the collected specimens in aforesaid herbaria are correctly identified; but simultaneously, proper collection sites and collection dates are not mentioned for some specimens. Therefore, it is difficult to recollect the species. This is also revealed that India harbours 04 genera (Berberis, Epimedium, Mahonia and Nandina) and 22 species of the Berberidaceae, out of which 02 (Berberis and Mahonia) are reported from the NW Himalaya.

Keywords

Phytodiveristy Herbarium data Plant distribution India 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of JammuJammuIndia
  2. 2.Division of Plant SciencesThe Himalayan Ecological and Conservation Research FoundationMuthi, JammuIndia
  3. 3.Division of Plant BiotechnologyIndian Institute of Integrative MedicineJammuIndia

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