Tropical Plant Research

Tropical Plant Research

An Internationl Journal by Society for Tropical Plant Research

E-ISSN: 2349-1183 P-ISSN: 2349-9265
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2016, VOLUME 3 ISSUE 2Pages: 283-288

Genus Brachymenium Schwägr. (Bryophyta) at Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary (Madhya Pradesh), India

Reesa Gupta, Virendra Nath and A. K. Asthana*
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Abstract:
The present work describes the genus Brachymenium Schwägr. at Pachmarhi Sanctuary that is a protected unit of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve in central India. Brachymenium belongs to family Bryaceae which is a dominant family of mosses in India in terms of species diversity as well as their occurrence. Four species of the genus were encountered at the Sanctuary which have been collected from terrestrial habitats. Three species provided in the present study are new additions to the moss flora of central India viz. B. bryoides Hooker ex. Schwägr., B. acuminatum Harv. and B. ptychothecium (Besch.) Ochi. The account provides the current status of the genus at the Pachmarhi Sanctuary.
A–L, Brachymenium bryoides Hooker ex Schwägr. (A,B, vegetative plants; C, cross section of axis; D–I, leaves; J, apical leaf cells; K, median leaf cells; L, basal leaf cells); M–W, Brachymenium sikkimense Renauld & Cardot. (M,N, vegetative plants; O, cross section of axis; P–T, leaves; U, apical leaf cells; V, median leaf cells; W, basal leaf cells).

Fig.: A–L, Brachymenium bryoides Hooker ex Schwägr. (A,B, vegetative plants; C, cross section of axis; D–I, leaves; J, apical leaf cells; K, median leaf cells; L, basal leaf cells); M–W, Brachymenium sikkimense Renauld & Cardot. (M,N, vegetative plants; O, cross section of axis; P–T, leaves; U, apical leaf cells; V, median leaf cells; W, basal leaf cells).


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