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The bryophytic vegetation associated with Platanus orientalis trees were studied and compared with other important tree species of Nainital. In total 27 mosses and liverworts belonging to 14 families with three morphological groups formed the principle component of Platanus orientalis tree bark. Based on IVI Important Value Index, Regmatodon orthostegius together with Brachymenium capitulatum formed the pioneer community, while Herpetineuron toccoae formed the climax community on the Platanus orientalis stems. Comparison of the bryoflora of P. orientalis with other dominant trees of this locality indicated that 15 species were common, while 12 species viz., Didymodon vinealis Brid. R.H., Bryoerythrophyllum dentatum Mitt. Chen, Gemmabryum apiculatum Schw?gr., Ditrichum heteromallum Hedw. Britt., Entodon chloropus Ren. & Card., Cylindrothecium laetum Griff. Paris, Fabronia schensiana C. Muell., Lejeunea tuberculosa Stephani, Levierella neckeroides Griff., Regmatodon orthostegius Mont., Rhynchostegiella menadensis Lac. Bartr. and Stereophyllum fulvum Harv. Jaeg. were confined to the tree barks of P. orientalis.

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Epiphytic, Mosses, Platanus orientalis, Nainital

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Bargali, R. , Awasthi, V. and Pande, N. 2014 Ecological Study of Bryophytes on Platanus orientalis L. Trees in Nainital Western Himalaya. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5, 3880-3888. doi: 10.4236-ajps.2014.526406.





Author: Ravinder Bargali, Vishal Awasthi, Neerja Pande*

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