Conservation of orchids in the Western Ghats Region of Kerala, India
Western Ghats of India represents the major gene pool for near extinct plant species like indigenous wild orchids. Discovery and documentation of existing diversity of orchids in this region serve as a repository of genetic variability. An extensive survey was conducted in rural homesteads and forest areas of Wayanad, Kerala in the Western Ghats region. The main objective of the survey was to identify and conserve the diversity in orchids. The collection comprised of 99 species of orchids. Most of the orchids are becoming rarer in nature and many are faced with extinction unless right steps are taken towards their conservation. The paper highlights richness of the orchid diversity of the region and their conservation.
Ajithkumar, K., Rajendran, P. and Aswini, A. 2017. Conservation of orchids in the Western Ghats Region of Kerala, India. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1165:57-62
biodiversity, genetic variability, survey, documentation