Abstract— Sacred forests are traditionally managed forest patches relevant for biodiversity conservation. Vegetation structure of different strata (tree, shrub and herb,) were analysed in Garhjungle sacred forest of lateritic zone in West Bengal. Total 738 woody individuals belonging to 14 species were recorded from random quadrats covering 0.25 ha area. The highest stem density and IVI was obtained by Shorea robusta. All the species had clumped distribution. The trees occupied a basal area of 20.39 m2 ha-1. Species richness and diversity of shrubs and herbs were greater than trees. Presence of various anthropogenic disturbances warrants immediate conservation efforts.
Keywords— Lateritic zone, Sacred forest, Species diversity, Vegetation structure.
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