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Kumari P.,Regional Research Institute of Himalayan Flora | Kumari P.,Kumaun University | Joshi G.C.,Regional Research Institute of Himalayan Flora | Tewari L.M.,Kumaun University
International Journal of Conservation Science | Year: 2012

The erosion of plant biodiversity is a matter of global concern. Due to unawareness the building blocks of entire ecosystems are disappearing. Some medicinal plants like Taxus baccata Linn., Thymus serpyllum Linn., Coleus forskohli Will., Oroxylum indicum Linn., Valeriana hardwickii Wall., Malaxis acuminata D. Don, Habenaria edgeworthii Hook. f.ex.Collett., Costus speciosus (Koen.) Sm., Dioscorea deltodea Wall., Gloriosa superba Linn., Polygonatum cirrhifolium Wall. and Polygonatum verticillatum Linn., Thalictrum foliolosum DC., Berberis aristata DC., Baliospermum montanum Will., Bergenia ciliata (Haworth) Sternb., Clerodendrum serratum Linn., Valeriana jatamansii Jones, Celastrus paniculatus Will., Habenaria intermedeia D. Don, and Curculigo orchioides Gaerth are reached on the border of extinction. The 2008 IUCN Red List shows that the number of threatened plant species is increasing gradually (IUCN 2008). Therefore, there is an immediate need for conservation steps to be taken up along with promotion of conservation of medicinal plants.

Lohani N.,Kumaun University | Tewari L.M.,Kumaun University | Joshi G.C.,Regional Research Institute of Himalayan Flora | Kumar R.,Regional Research Institute of Himalayan Flora | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Conservation Science | Year: 2013

Studies on population assessment and threat categorization in selected populations of Malaxis acuminate D. Don., a rare, terrestrial, endangered medicinal orchid of Himalayan region and an important "Astverga" plant were undertaken. Status was determined on siteto- site basis as well as for entire Kumaun region. Based on species occurrence in selected areas, the species were identified as critically endangered to endangered in different sites studied. The results also revealed that natural distribution of the species was narrowing down due to habitat destruction and over exploitation. Immediate remedial measures are needed for the conservation of natural sites to ensure sustainable mode of utilization.

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