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Exploration of ethno-botanical uses of major plants species by the local tribal communities of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, India

K. Manish Verma, Amit Pal

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.4(3), 101-120, March 2014


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An investigation of ethnomedicinal plants in three districts of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, India have been conducted during 2007 to 2012. The indigenous knowledge of local tribes mainly dominated by Kol, Gond and Sahariyas and information regarding native plants used by them have been collected through questionnaire and personal interviews during the field survey. The study revealed that a total number of 78 plants species belonging to 49 families were recorded in the present investigation which are using by ethnic groups of three districts namely Mahoba, Chitrakut and Lalitpur of Uttar Pradesh.Fabaceae has the highest number of species (12 species) followed by Combretaceae (5), Rhamnaceae (4), Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Moraceae, Solanaceae, Verbanaceae, Annonaceae, Ceaselpianaceae, Convulvulaceae, Ephorbiaceae, Meniapermaceae, Mrytaceae and Sterculaceae (3 species each) and rest of the families contain one species each. Use of the plant parts ranged from stem leaves (39), barks (30), roots (26), fruits (24), Seeds (21), stem (8), Gum (7), whole plant (7), flower (6) and tuber (2). With regard to the frequency of plant parts used in preparations, leaves and bark was most often used followed by roots, fruits, seeds, stem, gum, whole plant, flower and tuber etc. Rural people and tribal living in forest areas of Bundelkhand region still depend to a great extent on the indigenous systems of medicine cultivation. There is an urgent need to more study, document and preserve the precious knowledge of ethnomedicinal practices.


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