Endemic Woody Plants of the Western Ghats

By Dr. Navendu Page

A large number of woody plants that are found in the Western Ghats are endemic i.e. they are found exclusively in the evergreen forests along this mountain chain. We know little about how they look, their distribution, abundance and the threats that they face. The book – Endemic Woody Plants of the Western Ghats addresses some of these shortfalls. It is an outcome of more than five years of field work carried out across the Western Ghats to document these poorly known species. This book serves as a reference guide that pictorially showcases vegetative and reproductive stages of 100 species of endemic woody plants. The photographs along with a short description together highlight the diagnostic morphological features which can be used to identify these species. Additionally, geographic distribution maps, elevational ranges and most importantly their current conservation status based on the IUCN criteria has also been provided, which for many species has been assessed for the very first time.

This work that has gone into making this booklet is funded by the Rufford Small Grant Foundation. This booklet is primarily targeted at the State Forest Departments, students, researchers and plant enthusiasts, to make them familiar with and aware of some of the endemic and threatened tree species of the Western Ghats.

About the Author

Dr. Navendu Page has more than 10 years of experience studying plants across different landscapes and ecosystems of India. He is extremely passionate about exploring, photographing and documenting plants. He did his Masters in Wildlfe Science from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. He has a PhD in Ecology from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is currently trying to understand the ecological, evolutionary and biogeographic factors that have shaped the present day diversity of plants within the Indian subcontinent.