Bryophytes of Wayanad in Western Ghats (India)
pvmadhus at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 11 16:31:48 CDT 2005
I am happy to intimate the publication of our latest book "BRYOPHYTES OF
WAYANAD IN WESTERN GHATS" <http://pvmadhu.tripod.com/bryo.html> authored by
Manju C. Nair, K.P. Rajesh & P.V. Madhusoodanan and with a foreword by Dr
Virendra Nath (National Botanical Research Institute- NBRI).
(Excuse me, if cross-posted)
The Western Ghats of India is one of the Global Biodiversity hotspots well
known for its rich biodiversity. It is equally rich in bryophytes also,
however the documentation is far from complete. The present book is the
first in the series to document its rich bryo-wealth.
It is the result of extensive explorations on the bryophytes of Wayanad, the
mountainous district in the Western Ghats of Kerala, notable for its unique
geographical location with varied topography and associated habitat
diversity supporting unique assemblage of biodiversity. Except for the coast
and backwaters, almost all habitat types of South India, from low altitude
to the high altitude grasslands and shola forests, occur in Wayanad, which
forms the major part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is also notable
being a transition zone in the Western Ghats, where the comparatively drier
northern forest meets the wetter southern forests.
This book contains illustrative accounts of more than 170 bryophytes
belonging to 105 genera and 47 families including two new species
wayanadensis** *Manju *et al.* and *Amphidium gangulii et al.* Seven species
and one variety are new distribution records to India, 31 species and one
variety are new records to Peninsular India and 43 are new records to Kerala
Easy to follow keys and descriptions of family, genus and species are
provided, supported with more than 160 figures and 200 photographs. Each
species is treated in detail with the updated scientific name, important
synonyms relevant to the Indian context and taxonomic description. Its macro
and microhabitat details, Indian as well as global distribution and details
of the voucher specimens are also given.
As commented by Dr Virendra Nath in the foreword to the book, this book
could be used as an "identification manual for the bryophytes of South India
The book is published by Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS), Calicut,
India, a non-profit organisation dedicated to Nature education, research and
conservation of biodiversity.
For copies and payment details contact:
*Dr KP Rajesh*
*Kerala-673 635, INDIA*
*Email: kprajesh.botany at gmail.com*
*Contributory Price: US$ 100/- plus postage*.
Hard bound; D ¼ Size (A4), i -iv + 284 pages; over 200 colour photographs in
14 plates, 1 map; over 160 B&W illustrations.
Dr PV Madhusoodanan
Calicut University, Kerala, INDIA
*BRYOPHYTES OF WAYANAD IN WESTERN GHATS<http://pvmadhu.tripod.com/bryo.html>
BY Manju C. Nair, K.P. Rajesh & P.V. Madhusoodanan. (2005).
*CONTENTS*: Foreword, Acknowledgements, Preface, 1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1.
Origin and evolution, 1.2. Significance of Bryophytes, 1.2.1. Horticultural
uses, 1.2.2. Medicinal uses, 1.2.3. Pollution indicators, 1.2.4. Ecological
importance, 1.3. Present status,1.4. Relevance of the present investigation.
2. WAYANAD: THE STUDY AREA, 2.1. Vegetation types, 2.2. Human habitations
and Cultivation.3. REVIEW OF LITERATURE: 3.1. Liverworts and Hornworts, 3.2.
Musci, 3.3. Bryophyte study with special reference to Kerala. 4. MATERIAL
AND METHODS: 4.1. Taxonomy, 4.2. Ecology, 4.3. Abbreviations used in the
text. 5. TAXONOMIC ACCOUNT OF BRYOPHYTES OF WAYANAD: 5.1. Class I: Hepaticae
(Liverworts), 5.2. Class II: Anthocerotae, 5.3. Class III: Musci. 6. ECOLOGY
OF BRYOPHYTES OF WAYANAD: 6.1. Distribution of Bryophytes along vegetation
gradient, 6.2. Altitude and Bryophyte Distribution, 6.3. Habitats and
Bryophyte associations, 6.4. Host Specificity, 6.5. New habitat records, 6.6.
Bryophytes in bird's nests. 7. DISCUSSION: 7.1. Future Prospects, 7.2.
Conservation. 8. BIBLIOGRAPHY. 9. APPENDIX-Glossary. 10. INDEX. LIST OF NEW
TAXA PUBLISHED IN THIS BOOK*.*
More information about the Taxacom