DIVERSITY OF ANGIOSPERMS AND THEIR CONSERVATION STATUS IN SUSUNIA HILL AND ADJACENT REGIONS, BANKURA DISTRICT, WEST BENGAL, INDIASujit Kumar Mandal, Sudeshna Mukherjee and Somashree Patra
Angiosperms are the most important group among the plant kingdom. An attempt was made to study the angiosperms diversity and their conservation status of Susunia hill and its adjacent region in Bankura district, West Bengal. The plants were collected from the study area and identified. Field survey method was used for the present investigation. The threatened, endangered, not evaluated, least concern and vulnerable status of plant species were confirmed by India biodiversity portal and other standard publications on rare and threatened taxa of the country. A total of 91 species of angiosperms were recorded which were represented by 84 genera belonging to 42 different families. During the survey period 02 species of Pteridophytes under 02 genera belonging to 02 differerent families were also reported. Fabaceae was recorded as most dominant family from the angiosperms in study site. There were 36 species as least concern, 10 species as not evaluated, 04 species as vulnerable, 01 species as near threatened and 01 species as endangered as per the IUCN threatened categories. Analysis of habits showed that trees were represented by the highest proportion followed by perennial herbs, shrubs, annual herbs and climbers. The present study is the compilation of data on threatened plants of Susunia hill purview over various literatures with an update on their present status. It needs conservation of the biodiversity and their habitat as well as to increase the awareness of the people for the importance of the study site.