Ecological Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary of District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

Principal Investigator: Dr. R.K. Verma, Scientist-F

In Kalatop- Khajjiar Wild life Sanctuary, total number of plant species was 232 belonging to 76 families and 218 genera. The dominant families were Asteraceae, Rosaceae, Fabaceae, Lamiaceae, Poaceae, Ranunculaceae and Polygonaceae. Out of 100 medicinal plant species recorded from the Kalatop-Khajjiar wild life sanctuary, 7 species viz; Cinnamonum tamala, Dioscorea deltoidea, Paris polyphylla, Podophyllum hexandrum, Polygonatum verticillatum, Taxus wallichiana, Zanthoxylum armatum fall in the category of threatened plants. To study the impact of climate change on floristic elements, laid out permanent fixed plots in representative forest types of the Kalatop-Khajjiar sanctuary for long term ecological monitoring and collected basic data on various phyto-sociological attributes. The data collected from permanent plots will act as base line data to know the impact of climate change on floral element in future and these fixed plots will be used for long term ecological monitoring.

Podophyllum hexandrum

Roscoea alpina

Tagetes minuta

Digitalis purpurea