Macrophytes Biodiversity of Dudhala lake of Bhadrawati, District- Chandrapur (M.S.), India.
A macrophyte is an aquatic plant that grows in or near water and is either emergent, submergent or floating. In lakes macrophytes provide cover for fish and substrate for aquatic invertebrates, produce oxygen, and act as food for some fish and wildlife. Macrophytes is an important factors for helping in maintaining ecological balance. Aquatic macrophytes play a pivotal role in maintaining primary productivity of water ecosystem. Aquatic macrophytes includes a vast majority of aquatic vascular plants. They are found mainly in the shallow regions of ponds, lakes, rivers, swamps and streams etc. They are of considerable ecological and economical importance. The present paper describes the macrophytes biodiversity of Dudhala lake of Bhadrawati town located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra State from January 2013 to December 2013 in which 16 species representing 15 families belonging to 5 groups such as 3 Submerged floating weeds, 3 Rooted floating leaves weeds, 1 Rooted emergent with heterophile weeds, 6 Free floating suspended submerged and 3 Rooted submerged hydrophytes.
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