Floristic Diversity of South Travancore Hindu College (S. T. Hindu College) Campus, Kanyakumari District (Tamilnadu) India
Authors: Parthipan B, M. Rajeeswari and Solomon Jeeva
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This paper deals with the list of flowering plants from the S.T. Hindu College, (South Tavancore Hindu Collge), Nagercoil. The campus which harbours part of the natural vegetation of Nagercoil city, Tamilnadu, India. A total of 238 taxa have been recorded comprising 47 trees, 42 shrubs, 125 herbs and 24 climbers that are distributed in 192 genera, represented in 67 families, 9 super orders and 30 orders as per the APG III classification. Superorder Lamids account for about 31% of the taxa. The family Poaceae was the most species-diverse (29), followed by Acanthaceae (18), Apocynaceae and Euphorbiaceae (14), Malvaceae (12), Lamiaceae and Poaceae (11each), the other families sharing the rest of the species. Most plant species of the study area are of considerable ecological and economic importance, useful as bioresources to wild fauna and human beings. Of the total 238 wild/naturalized plant species, most are economically useful as medicinal plants, and others are valuable as edible fruits, timbers, fuelwood, etc. The results of this study provide insights into the importance of urban green space and greatly help inurban conservation planning and management.