India is one of the 17 mega biodiversity countries in the world. However, the taxonomic inventory of Indian biota is far from complete. The goal of this publication is to identify and describe the mangrove plant species of India. Towards these objectives, the taxonomical identity and distribution of mangrove species found in the country are revised and described. During field investigations, each species of mangrove and associated plants were identified and sampled. Description and high-resolution image material for each species are provided, which allows easy identification of individual species. This information is needed for coastal management planning and policy development, especially in relation to shoreline rehabilitation and expansion of appropriate shoreline livelihood projects in the face of climate change and sea-level rise. Furthermore, the global distribution of each mangrove species and its conservation status are provided. Voucher specimens of all the mangrove species reported in the text have been deposited at CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow (LWG) as well in Annamalai University and regional centres of the Botanical Survey of India as reference collections for the country.
Part 1. Mangroves An overview
Part 2. Mangrove Floristics of the World
Part 3. Mangroves of India
Part 4. State-wise glimpses of Indian Mangroves West Bengal
Part 5. Significance of Mangroves
Part 6. Conservation and Management