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PRESENT STATUS OF SUBTROPICAL CHIRPINE VEGETATION OF KOTLI HILLS, AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR

N. Z. Malik and Z. H. Malik

Department of Botany, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K), webmasterabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Abstract: There were seven plant communities viz Adiantum-Olea, Acacia modesta, Dodonaea-Acacia- Themeda, Pinus-Themeda, Imperata-Pinus, Pinus roxburghii and Pinus-Carissa-Themeda recognized in Kotli Hills during monsoon, 2000. There were 58 total plant species, out of which 9 species were woody, 13 shrubby and the remaining 36 were herbaceous. The investigated data shows heavy deforestation and overgrazing. The Vegetation belongs to Chirpine forest type.

Keywords: Chirpine, Kotli Hills, plant communities, vegetation.