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Research Article, J Biodivers Manage Forestry Vol: 4 Issue: 2

An Assessment of Diversity of Genus Geranium L. (Geraniaceae) in India with Special Emphasis on Indian Himalayan Region

Vijay V Wagh*, Bhaskar Datt and Tariq Husain
Plant Diversity, Systematics and Herbarium Division, CSIR- National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow - 226 001, Uttar Pradesh, India
Corresponding author : Vijay V Wagh
Plant Diversity, Systematics and Herbarium Division, CSIR- National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow - 226 001, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Received October 17, 2014 Accepted February 12, 2015 Published February 18, 2015
Citation: Wagh VV, Datt B, Husain T (2015) An Assessment of Diversity of Genus Geranium L. (Geraniaceae) in India with Special Emphasis on Indian Himalayan Region. J Biodivers Manage Forestry 4:2. doi:10.4172/2327-4417.1000140

Abstract

An Assessment of Diversity of Genus Geranium L. (Geraniaceae) in India with Special Emphasis on Indian Himalayan Region

An account of all the species of Geranium L. (Geraniaceae) available in India is presented. Based on all available information 26 species are reported falling under 2 subgenera and 8 sections following Aedo et al.’s classification. The maximum number of the species (18) belongs to subgenus Geranium. Each species is provided with correct nomenclature with first citation followed by selected references, if any, synonym(s), if any, habit, growth form, altitude and flowering- fruiting time and distribution in India as well as in world. Maximum diversity in Indian Geranium is exhibited in W. Himalaya where as many as 20 species out of total 26 are found, followed by E. Himalaya (14 species). Nine species are common in both flanks of the Himalaya.

Keywords: Geranium; Geraniaceae; Diversity; Classification; Nomenclature; Distribution

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