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Abstract

STUDY OF VEGETATION AND THEIR MEDICINAL PROPERTIES INSIDE THE HOLY CROSS COLLEGE CAMPUS, TIRUCHIRAPPALLI DISTRICT, TAMILNADU, INDIA

*Elavarasi Siddhaiyan, Horne Iona Averal, Hemasri Devadoss, Rajeswari Muruga,
Gunavathi Gnanasekar and Mogana Jothi Moorthi

ABSTRACT

The present study was aimed at determining the vegetation of an urban
green-space- the Holy Cross College campus, Trichy and identify the
medicinal properties of the plants. For this, the field survey was made
from December 2016 – February 2017. The data from the survey
resulted in the documentation of 56 species belonging to 55 genera
under 36 families. Arecaceae and Lamiaceae were the dominant
families. The represented plant is dominated by tree 55.4%, Shrubs
23.2%, herbs 17.8%, and climber 3.6%, respectively. Totally, the
recorded vegetation comprises of 56 species (includes 31 trees, 13
shrubs, 10 herbs and 2 climbers). Shannon-Weiner index was observed
as 3.286. Other than these plants, several ornamental plants and a grass
land is maintained inside the campus. Considering the rapidly changing
urban land use in the city, much attention should be paid towards the conservation of these
green spaces, for which the present study provide baseline data.

Keywords: vegetation, college campus, medicinal properties, ornamental plants, conservation.


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