2020, VOLUME 7 ISSUE 1Pages: 117-125
A census of pteridophytes in Eastern Ghats, India
Kishore Kumar Mandal, Truptirekha Kar*, Chiranjibi Pattanaik and C. Sudhakar Reddy
*P. G. Department of Botany, Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, Odisha-756089, India
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The present study focused on pteridophytes of the Eastern Ghats, India. A census of pteridophytes distributed in different states of the Eastern Ghats was prepared based on taxonomic literature, herbaria and field studies. Altogether, 184 species belonging to 75 genera under 40 families were enumerated. Of these, 20 species are common in states of the Eastern Ghats. The state-wise analysis shows that Odisha part of Eastern Ghats harbors a highest number of pteridophytes (142 spp.) followed by Andhra Pradesh (91 spp.), Tamil Nadu (67 spp.) and Karnataka (49 spp.). Odisha represents the highest number of unique species (65 spp.) followed by Karnataka (19) and Andhra Pradesh (13).