A CURSORY VIEW OF FLOWERING PLANTS OF INDIA DICOTYLEDONES

A CURSORY VIEW OF FLOWERING PLANTS OF INDIA DICOTYLEDONES

Dr. S. Karthikeyan
Retd. Deputy Director,
Botanical Survey of India,
Pune 411 001.
karthikeyan_bsi@yahoo.co.in

A consolidated account of Flowering Plants of India was compiled by J.D. Hooker (1872-1897); this work was based on flowering plants of British India, i.e. present day India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Malayan Peninsula Penang, Perak, Singapore, etc. Some species collected from East Indies even have been included in that work. In the ensuing 135 years as a consequence to the flourishing activities of botanical collection and taxonomic research a lot of new taxa have been described. This has resulted in a better understanding of Indian flora. However, there is no consolidated work in which we can get all the nomenclatural information such as correct names and their synonyms if any, and distribution details of all flowering plants of India. Without this knowledge no meaningful efforts can be taken to preserve our flora. So work was initiated to collate all the information on the flowering plants of India. An enumeration of Monocotyledones of India appeared in 1989 (Karthikeyan, et al.). Presently efforts are on to bring out a list of Dicotyledones of India.

The talk will throw light on this endeavour.