Lichen Diversity Assessment of Darma Valley, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand
The Himalaya recognized for its biodiversity owing varied landscape and vegetation, provides luxuriant growth of lichens. Various geographical regions were explored for lichens study but till date, many alpine meadows are unexplored condition in this regard. The present study focused on lichen diversity of an alpine/sub temperate regions of Darma valley, Pithoragarh district and providing an inventory of 90 species of lichens belonging 54 genera and 21 families. The Rhizocarpon distinctum is being reported for the first time as new to Uttarakhand, previously this species was reported from Maharashtra.