The National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources undertook the collection of RaurJolfia
serpentina L. from its natural habitats in the Western Ghats of the country. The highest
range ofvariation for totalrootweightlplant and N,o. of secondaryrools/plant was observed
in the collections from Coondapur and Conacana regions of Karnataka and Goa,
respectively. These two characters contribute to high alkaloid recovery. The Coondapur
region gave the highest range (1.58-2.03) of total alkaloids with a mean of 1.81. The same
pattern was observed for reserpine content with the range of 0.07~.24and mean value of
0.16%. Such chemo-botanical variation in these materials is natural due to theirgeographic,
ecologicaland topographic variation. On the basis of these studies, it is highly desirable to
make more intensive and systematic collection of these types from these regions for
conservation and utilization.
Keywords: RiluoolfiJl serpentina, floristic zones, reserpine, alkaloids, ecological nitches.
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K. L. SETHI, M. KAZIM, M. A. KIOWAI AND S. P. MITAL info_circle