Survey of lichen diversity in Vathal Hills of Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu
Lichens are some of the most fascinating and widespread life forms on the planet. Their fundamental make up alone inspires the imagination as they are not one single organism but at least two. Diversity, distribution and occurrence of lower and higher plants were highly influenced plants deteriorated due to climate change in forest areas. In present condition an urgent need of an hour a study was carried out to document the diversity of lichen groups in Vathal hills Dharmapuri district belonging to Eastern Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Temperature and relative humidity with rainfall pattern which controls the lichen distribution. The study revealed that of 98 species belongs to 29 genus and 13 families have been recorded. The lichen genera Heterodermia (15), Parmotrema (16)and Pertusaria (6)and Usnea (12) dominates in the area.
Mariappan Senthilkumar. Survey of lichen diversity in Vathal Hills of Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 108-112