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The present study has been carried out to assess the dust catching capacity of the leaves of five different species viz. Alstonia scholaris Linn., Cassia siamea Lam., Morus alba L., Nerium indicum L. and Thevitia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum,  growing along the road side ( taken as polluted site ) and away from the road side ( taken as  reference site). The evaluation of the data revealed that the dust content on the surface of leaves of all selected species was more at polluted locations in comparison to those growing at reference location.  Among the selected species Cassia siamea Lam. shows highest dust catching capacity while the minimum dust catching capacity has been recorded for Nerium indicum L. The highest dust catching capacity of Cassia siamea Lam. has been attributed to its horizontal position of leaves while the minimum dust catching capacity of Nerium indicum L. to its thick, leathery surface and the orientation of the leaves which are growing at an angle with the stem.


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Raina, A. K. ., & Sarin, P. . (2014). Assessment of the dust catching capacity of the leaves of some plant species growing along the road sides. Environment Conservation Journal, 15(3), 47–50.


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