*Shaukat Saeed Khan

Department of Botany & Microbiology, Saifia College of Science & Education, Bhopal-462 001 (India) email : drsskhan2011@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Bhopal, the capital city of M.P. has a rich angiospermic flora which comprises of more then 700 species belonging to diverse families. Majority of the plants are dicotyledones. The number of invasive species in India as reported by BSI is 173, out of which about 100 species are found in Bhopal. The invasive species have long been associated with the native plants and many of them have naturalized and are abundantly found in several areas of Bhopal and its suburbs. Some of these species comprise of Parthenium hysterophorus, Eichhornia crassipes, Hyptis suaveolens Lantana camara & Prosopis juliflora etc. on the other hend species such as Monochoria vaginalis Solanum seaforthianum, and Catharanthus pusillus were encountered only once in the year 2000, and since then have not not been witnessed. The present paper deals with the invasive (alien) species of Bhopal, their nativity and the present scenario.

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