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2Research Scholars, Post Graduate Department of Conservation Biology, Durgapur Government College, J.N Avenue, Durgapur 713214 Durgapur, West Bengal, India
Plants are the most vulnerable component among several other communities in every landscape which regulate ecological integrity and delicate balance of environment through complex interactions. The present investigation reveals the status of plant communities around the Pitlakes, Raniganj Coal Field, West Bengal which is an important coal production area of India. Total 56 species belonging to 25 families were recorded during 2014-2015. Euphorbiaceae and Fabaceae were the numerically dominant ‘species enriched families’. Herbs (72%) are the most prevailing life forms among the observed plants. Some notable rich pilakes in terms of plant species occurrence include Real Kajora Pitlake (42, 75%), Babuisol Colony Pitlake (33,59%), Joyalbhanga Pitlake 1 (32, 57%), Jambad Pitlake 4 (31, 55%), Chora Pitlake and Western Kajora Pitlake with 30 species each (54%). As per the present investigation plant communities around Pitlakes of RCF, WB requires proper managerial decision regarding conservation and sustainable utilization in near future.