Kishor Biswas1* and A. P. Das2

1P.G. Department of Botany, Darjeeling Govt. College, Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling – 734101 (India). 2Department of Botany, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh 791112 (India) *Correspondence:


Being located at the foot of the Darjeeling part of the Eastern Himalayas, Terai-Duars region is very rich in phytodiversity and unique habitats of a number of rare, endemic and threatened elements. Present study documented a total of 41 species (22 Endemic, 9 Endangered, 2 Near Threatened, 6 Vulnerable and 1 Critically Endangered) belonging to 27 families. Uncontrolled increase in anthropogenic activities leading to destruction and fragmentation of vegetations, invasion of exotic aggressive species were detected as the major threats. Presently replacement of natural forest by economically potent exotic species and their huge plantation has also been added to the list of threats. Thus the present work suggest further extensive study on this RET elements, their population structure and status, major threats to them and to frame the proper conservational strategies.

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