The seedling growth performance of Adenanthera pavonina
L. in polluted soils of
different railway tracks viz. Karachi Cantt. Station, Malir Halt, Malir 15, Landhi Junction and
University Campus (control) was studied under in pots under natural field conditions. The results
showed that the root, shoot and seedling size, number of leaves, plant cover, leaf weight ratio of A.
seedlings were significantly (p<0.05) reduced in Karachi Cantt. Station soil as compared
to University Campus soil. Similarly, shoot, root and seedling size, plant cover, seedling dry weight
were significantly (p<0.05) increased in soils of Landhi Junction as compared to
soil of University Campus. A better seedling growth of A.
was also found in soil of Malir
15 followed by Malir Halt. A significant variation in the the physico-chemical characteristics of
the railway tract soil sample was observed. The soil of Malir Halt, Malir 15 and Landhi Junction
railway tracks was sandy clay loam while the Karachi Cantt. Station and University Campus had
clay loam textured soil. A significant variation in chemical characteristics of railway track soil
such as maximum water holding capacity, bulk density, chloride contents, available sulfur, and
exchangeable sodium as compared to University Campus soil observed. Whereas, porosity,
calcium carbonate, organic matter, electrical conductivity, total dissolved salts and exchangeable
potassium were low in railway tracks soil. The present study demonstrated that the growth of A.
was significantly (p<0.05) reduced in Karachi Cantt. Station soil as compared to soils of