A Hillock of Biodiversity: Ecology and Flora of Madayippara, A South Indian Laterite Plateau
The book is the culmination of seven years of intensive studies on the ecology and floristic diversity of Madayippara, a well-known south Indian laterite hillock. Ecological data include habitat formations and vegetations, microclimate, water, and soil analysis. The book provides systematic treatment following APG-IV system and deals with 665 angiosperm taxa placed in 117 families, which includes 3 novelties, 161 endemics and 14 species under various lUCN threat categories. A key for the identification of all taxa provided with nomenclatural updates. The book combines vividly coloured pholoplates of the more commonly seen angiosperm species around the hillock. This forms the first comprehensive treatise on the ecology and diversity of a South Indian laterite hillock.
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Edible Bananas of South India
Banana family, the Musaceae include a lot of wild seeded species to seedless cultivars. The cultivated bananas have attracted a good deal of research in many aspects, except taxonomy over years as they have great economic importance mainly in agriculture. However, little attention has been given to this group as they are taxonomically difficult due to the large fleshy nature of the plants, similarity in morphology and poor representation in the herbaria. The lack of botanical identity and the confusion prevailing in the nomenclature of cultivated bananas strengthened the need of this work. This book forms a consolidated account of the result of research undertaken by the authors for the past five years.