BIODIVERSITY OF MEDICINAL PLANTS - MUMBAI RAILWAY TRACK-SIDES, INDIAT. SRINIVASU, S.N. PATHAN AND S.N. PARDESHI
Mumbai is one of the mega-metropolitans in the world and is located on the West Coast of India. It is one of the richest biodiversity areas in Maharashtra. Mumbai receives abundant rainfall and maintains sufficient humidity throughout year. Railways occupy one-third area of city (western, central and harbour) and have sufficient vacant sites on both sides of tracks for rich plant diversity. The present survey recorded 99 medicinal plants belonging to 46 families are growing naturally on vacant sites. This paper enlists scientific names, family, common/vernacular names of some of the important plants and their medicinal uses in brief. Authors feel to suggest, there is an ample opportunity to utilize these medicinal plants, and also to generate revenue and man-hour days.
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