Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.12, Issue 4, 2006; Page No.(629-631)

A NOTE ON CEROPEGIA L. (ASCLEPIADACEAE) WITH RESPECT TO EX-SITU CONSERVATION OF AKOLE TAHSHIL (M.S.), INDIA

B.S. Deshmukh and D.R.Shirke

Abstract

Ceropegia L. is a genus of over 200 twining herb species, distributed over the world. The genus becomes rare due to habitat destruction and local consumption of tuber for food and medicine by rural communities. An extensive survey was made from Akole Tahasil, where six species have been reported. Tubers, and seeds were collected and tried for ex-situ conservation in the protected garden. Propagation through tubers and seeds show successful results. Transplantation through tubers required similar ecological condition and climate. Ceropegia nzahabalei Ansari et. Kulkarni needs wet, well-drained soil and humid climate. Conservation measures include, uprooting of plants be prohibited, plants should be propagated in protected areas, propagation through seeds and tissue culture should be tried, local communities should be informed and motivated for cultivation.

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