Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2018)
Assessment of diversity, population structure, regeneration and conservation status of tree species in a sacred grove of west Midnapore district, West Bengal, India
Author(s): Uday Kumar Sen
Abstract: The present study was carried out for quantitative analysis of diversity, population structure, regeneration and conservation status of tree species in Joypur Joysini Matar Than (JJMT), a sacred grove of West Midnapore district. A total of 32 tree species belonging to 30 genera distributed in 23 families from 13 orders were recorded. Ficus benghalensis, family Moraceae showed the highest SIVI (34.58%) and FIVI 76.36 (25.45%) values respectively. Individuals were categorized into three groups, seedling, sapling and adult based on girth classes. Majority of tree species (40.62%) species exhibited good regeneration followed by poor regeneration (28.12%) and fair regeneration (15.63%) respectively. The overall population structure of tree species showed a good regeneration potential with a stable nature of the sacred grove. The study area being a sacred grove would be well protected by tribal communities due to their religious sanctity.