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GPS BASED STUDY OF DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF CALOTROPIS GIGANTEA IN BORDI, MAHARASHTRA


Author : Pankaj K. Gogari
[ Volume No.:VI, Issue No.IV-July 2017] [Page No : 739-746] [2017]

Distribution and abundance of Calotropis gigantea plant was carried out with the help of Global positioning system by using GPS machine (GARMIN eTerx10 model) during March 2014 to February 2015from a small tribal village situated in Palghar district Maharashtra. The leaves are offered to lord Hanuman every Saturday all over India. Being situated between Mumbai and Surat there is a lot of demand of leaves of this plant, pluckers from both mega cities comes to Bordi every Friday and pluck bags full of this plant, causing decrease of number of this plant in Bordi. Hence village was classified on the basis of different land use, location and human use. With the help of GPS machine, global positioning of this plants were recorded on Sundays and holidays during research period. All together 651 plants were recorded in different locations. From the data obtain the distribution and density of the Calotropis gigantea plant on different types of habitat was tabulated and conclusions were drawn.

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