Authors : R. L. Ghalme
Page Nos : 31-34
Sacred groves are the forests or places preserved on religious grounds near the village or away from the village. Wanzaloli sacred grove having area 8.17 hectors and is 42 K.M. to West-North side from Dapoli city. To study the distribution, dominance, ecological success of species in community and structure of community, phytosociological studies were carried out in 2012-2013. It was observed that, the vegetation in sacred grove is moist semi-evergreen type. Total 54 species belongs to 47 genera of total 29 families are reported. Mammea suriga (Butch.Ham.Ex Roxb.) Kosterm, Mangifera indica L. Ixora brachiata Roxb., Holigarna arnottiana Hook., Combretum latifolium Bl., Zanthoxylum rhetsa Dc. and Xantolis tomentosa (Roxb.) Raf. are well distributed in the study area. Based on basal area and IVI values the plants like Antiaris toxicaria (Pers.) Leschen., Bombax ceiba L., Combretum latifolium Bl., Ficus parasitica Koen. ex. Willd., Garcinia xanthochymus Hook., Ixora brachiata Roxb., Mammea suriga (Butch. Ham.Ex Roxb.) Kosterm., Mangifera indica L., Terminalia bellerica Roxb., Terminalia chebula Retz., Xantolis tomentosa (Roxb.) Raf. Gmelina arborea Roxb. and Ficus calosa Willd are dominant and ecologically more successful species in study area.