Monocotyledonous plant diversity of wetlands in kurkheda taluka, District Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
PA Dani, MB Wadekar, SD Narkhede
The wetlands serve as transitional zone in between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem. Wetlands cover 6% area of total earth surface but they support vast variety of floral and faunal diversity. It also serves as source of economy to native peoples by providing natural resources. Wetland bodies in study site locally known as Boli, Tala or Talav. The aquatic monocotyledons flora of 16 selected perennial lakes in Kurkheda Tehsil were studied for a period of 3 years. Altogether 56 plant spa. belonging to 39 genera and 14 families were recorded from the study site. Further macrophytes are divided into five growth forms. Out of which free floating hydrophytes (FFH) represent 04 species, suspended hydrophytes (SH) represent 02 species, attached submerged hydrophytes (ASH) represent 06 species, attached hydrophytes with floating leaves (AHF) represent 09 species and wetland hydrophytes (WH) which are most dominant growth form represent 35 species.