Feasibility study on the vegetative propagation of four endemic rare balsams (Impatiens spp.) through stem cuttings for conservation and management in Idukki District, Kerala, India

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G. Prasad
P. Rajan
N. Bhavadas


Ex situ conservation by vegetative propagation was successfully established in the endemic rare balsam species Impatiens anaimudica, I. elegans, I. disotis and I. phoenicea of the Western Ghats.  The experiment was done in an open environmental nursery at Munnar exposed to constant temperature (7–24 0C) and relative humidity (70–100 %) throughout the study period.  These favourable conditions provided a suitable platform for the establishment.  We observed a significant difference in the regeneration patterns of the four species.  I. elegans started to regenerate after the 10th day of planting with high success, while I. disotis showed a 30% success rate.  After maturation all species were transplanted to natural ecosystems.

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Prasad, G., Rajan, P. and Bhavadas, N. 2017. Feasibility study on the vegetative propagation of four endemic rare balsams (Impatiens spp.) through stem cuttings for conservation and management in Idukki District, Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9, 10 (Oct. 2017), 10846–10849. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3370.9.10.10846-10849.
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G. Prasad, Munnar Wildlife Division, Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department, Munnar, Kerala 685612, India

Wildlife Warden

Munnar Wildlife Division, Munnar

P. Rajan, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641046, India

Wildlife Biologist

Munnar Wildlife Division, Munnar

N. Bhavadas, MES College, Marampally Road, Marampally P.O., North Vazhakulam, Ernakulam, Aluva, Kerala 683107, India

Wildlife Biologist

Shola National Parks

Munnar Wildlife Division, Munnar


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