International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 625

Review

Check-list and conservation strategies of the genus Ceropegia in India

K. Sri Rama Murthy1*, R. Kondamudi1, M. Chandrasekhara Reddy1, S. Karuppusamy2 and T. Pullaiah3 
  1School of Conservation Biology and Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, Montessori Mahila Kalasala, Vijayawada-520 010, Andhra Pradesh, India. 2Department of Botany, The Madura College, Madurai - 625 011, Tamil Nadu, India. 3Department of Biotechnology and Botany, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur - 515 003, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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  •  Accepted: 02 March 2012
  •  Published: 01 June 2012

Abstract

 

In India the genus Ceropegia is represented by 55 species including four varieties, of which nearly 43 species are facing threats. This genus comprises of medicinal and ornamental species. In this review, we tried to compile the current status of the genus with regard to its distribution, economic importance, propagation methods, conservation through reproduction, micro-propagation and reasons for threat. In the present check-list, the status of the taxa, habit, phenology, Indian and world distribution have been summarized. The importance of the conservational strategies and their success in conserving these valuable taxa is discussed. 

 

Key words: Ceropegia, current status, plant tissue culture, reproductive biology, conservation strategies.