Grass Flora along Altitudinal Gradient of the Phulchoki Hill, Central Nepal

Authors

  • Anjana Kharbuja Amrit Science Campus, Leknath Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sangeeta Rajbhandary Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/bdpr.v20i01.56579

Keywords:

Altitude, Habitat, Species richness

Abstract

Phulchoki hill on the southern part of Kathmandu Valley (1550-2750 m) presents a unique opportunity to study the diversity of grasses along the altitudinal gradient. During the present study, 73 species of grasses belonging to 5 sub families, 16 tribes and 48 genera were recorded, out of which 28 species are new to this area. Among the recorded species 89% of the species were terrestrial, 7% lithophytes and remaining 4% aquatic. The lowest elevation (1550-1950 m) has highest diversity with 49 species whereas the topmost band (2351-2750 m) has least diversity with only 19 species. The total species richness of grass has decreasing trend along the altitudinal gradient of species, with r2 =0.97 and p=0.04, which indicates significant relation.

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Published

2022-12-31

How to Cite

Kharbuja, A., & Rajbhandary, S. (2022). Grass Flora along Altitudinal Gradient of the Phulchoki Hill, Central Nepal. Journal of Plant Resources, 20(1), 52–63. https://doi.org/10.3126/bdpr.v20i01.56579

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