ORCHID DIVERSITY OF MESAKI RESERVE FOREST, ASSAM, INDIADipika Rajput, L.R. Saikia, Khyanjeet Gogoi and Toslima Nasrin
This paper contains the survey of diversity and distribution of orchids with their host plants in Mesaki Reserve Forest, Tinsukia District of Assam of North East India. A total of 44 species with 24 genera have been recorded from this reserve forest. Out of them 38 number of species are epiphytic and 6 are terrestrial. The major dominant genus found in this reserve forest is Dendrobium with 8 numbers of species. The value of Shannon diversity index is (H2=1.716); which means the diversity of orchids of the forest is rich. In this reserve forest this is the first attempt to study on diversity and distribution of different orchids.