Status and distribution of Boxelder (Acer negundo L.) in Kashmir Valley.
The present study was undertaken in the Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST-K and Shalimar during the year 2010-2011. To appraise its status and distribution, a project entitled "Status and distribution of Boxelder (Acer negundo L.) in Kashmir valley" was undertaken. A detailed survey regarding the species revealed that among the Acer species, the Acer negundo is an exotic one from North America and is confined to the lower planes of Valley mainly in gardens and parks as an ornamental and avenue plantation tree. As per the study conducted regarding the tree species, it has been found that the concentration of the species is high in the Srinager district due to presence of large number of gardens and parks. The survey revealed that old existing trees were located in the Bakshi Stadium. The species being recently introduced in the valley in 1970's by Floriculture and Landscaping Department, J&K at protected sites of Bakshi Stadium, Botanical Garden (Cheshmashahi), University of Kashmir etc. and is not much popularized among common masses, hence not given any vernacular/local name and is called by name Acer. Among 10 districts of the valley, the tree species was not found in district Ganderbal, Kulgam and Shopian.