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Phenological Episodes and Reproductive Strategies of Inula racemosa (Asteraceae)-a Critically Endangered Medicinal Herb of North West Himalaya

Author(s): Parvaiz A. Wani | Khursheed A. Ganaie | Irshad A. Nawchoo | B.A. Wafai

Journal: International Journal of Botany
ISSN 1811-9700

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 388;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Phenology | alpine plant | pollination | self-incompatibility | competitation | strategies

The phenological episodes of a plant are governed by the eco-edaphic conditions it grows in, which in turn direct and dictate the strategies of the plant in general and alpine herbs in particular. The structure of such communities thus determines the behaviour and functioning of a particular species on a particular habitat. The present study was carried out to unravel the phenological behaviour and strategies of Inula racemosa (Asteraceae), a critically endangered medicinal herb of North West Himalaya. The study was carried out for a period of 36 months to monitor the various developmental features in four different geographical areas of Kashmir Himalaya, which is highly useful in terms of its prescription and panacea for development of conservation strategies, multiplication, domestication and genetic improvement of the species.
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