ENDANGERED MANGROVE VEGETATION OF BARRINGTONIA RACEMOSA REPORTED FROM POOVAR SOUTH COAST OF INDIA FOR CONSERVATION CONCERN

S. Premjith, Prasanth and Jayasree, N. S.

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies,Sasthamangalam, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

(Email:drpremjith@rediffmail.com)
Received: 17-07-2018 Revised: 23-07-2018 Accepted: 24-08-2018

Abstract
Poovar is a popular tourist town in the Trivandrum district, Kerala state, west coast of India. This village has a beautiful sandy beach and bar-built estuary which attract tourists. The vegetation along the Poovar estuary has high degree of diversity and paleoendemism. Anthropogenic intervention has fragmented vegetation of Poovar estuary and many species are under the threat of extinction. They are reduced to just one sq.km and restricted to isolated areas. Barringtonia racemosa is one of the threatened freshwater perennial small mangrove tree seen in the Poovar estuarine region. Extracts from this mangrove species have proven effective against human, animal and plant pathogens. The objective of present study is to initiate conservation strategies to protect the endangered endemic freshwater mangrove plant Barringtonia racemosa seen in Poovar estuary of south coast of India.
Keywords: Poovar, Estuary, Mangrove, Conservation

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