A contribution to the study of wall flora of Sidhi Distirct, Madhya Pradesh, India
Vivek Singh, M Salim
The wall flora are a very interesting group of stress tolerant plants capable of thriving in nutritionally deficient substrates. The walls provide shelter to the species seeking refuge in then. While doing so the walls in rural as well as urban areas contribute towards conservation of rare and threatened plants. Some species settled on walls often prove damaging to buildings and must be eradicated. The present work which covered the wall flora of five major zones of Sidhi district, could record as many as 28 species belonging to 24 genera of 16 families. When the flora is analyzed according to the type of supporting wall very interesting results were obtained. Of the five different types of walls studied the cemented brick walls sustained the highest number of species i.e. 27. The work on wall flora is emphasized since it can not only unveil many mysteries of plant adaptation but also hand over information in landscape planning, protection of old buildings especially the heritage buildings and monuments.