Distribution Mapping of Rare, endangered and threatened (RET) Plants in the Chitteri Hills, Eastern Ghats, South India
The Eastern Ghats are endowed with rich biodiversity. The pressure of expanding population on the available forest resources results in deforestation of this ecologically sensitive region. The habitat loss also leads to the disappearances of many sensitive plant species in the forests of the Eastern Ghats. There is an urgent need to protect/prevent the loss of species diversity and to evolve strategies to manage them sustainable. This chapter aims at distribution mapping of ten rare, endangered and threatened (RET) plant species in Chitteri Hills, one of the segments of Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu, South India. This study also recommends the mode of conservation of such selected species.
Authors are wish to thanks the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) which provided the necessary funds and Tamil Nadu forest department (Harur and Attur Divisions) for their permission and giving valuable help to carry out this study.
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