Volume No. 13 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 68-77 July-September 2018

 

A STUDY ON STHALAVRIKSHAS IN TEMPLES OF MADURAI DISTRICT OF TAMIL NADU, INDIA

 

Vinoth Kumar A.*1 and Aruna R.2

1. PG and Research Department of Botany, V.H.N.Senthikumara Nadar College, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu (INDIA)
2. PG and Research Department of Botany, Thiagarajar College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu (INDIA)

 

Received on : December 29, 2017

 

ABSTRACT

 

India delivers rich biodiversity and it is not just the world’s twelve mega diverse countries, but also one of the eight major centers of origin and diversification of domesticated taxa. These taxa are conserved and have been considered sacred because of their cultural, religious and economic importance. In the state of Tamil Nadu India, some sacred trees are in the status of extinct, endangered, threatened, and vulnerable and vary rare habit. The sacred trees are very good examples of ex situ conservation, where a single plant is conserved and worshipped. A study of Sthalavrikshas is also known as sacred trees (or) temple trees was conducted in the temples of the Madurai district during 2016-2017. The study revealed the presence of Sthalavrikshas in 65 temples out of 100 temples studied. Totally 31 species of Sthalavriksha recorded in these 65 temples.

 

Keywords : Biodiversity, Conservation, Sthalavrikshas, Domesticated taxa

 

 

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