Aboriginal uses and management of ethnobotanical species in deciduous forests of Chhattisgarh state in India

J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2009 Aug 4;5:20. doi: 10.1186/1746-4269-5-20.

Abstract

A study on the native uses of ethnobotanical species was carried out in the south Surguja district of Chhattisgarh state in India with the major objective of identifying different food and medicinal plant species and also to understand their ongoing management and conservation. Through questionnaire and personal interviews, a total of 73 ethnobotanical species used by tribal and non-tribal communities were documented, of these 36 species were used in curing different types of diseases and 22 were used as edible food plants. This rich traditional knowledge of local people has an immense potential for pharmacological studies. The outside forces, at present, were mainly blamed to change the traditional system of harvesting and management of ethnobotanical species. The destructive harvesting practices have damaged the existing populations of many ethnobotanical species viz., Asparagus racemosus, Dioscorea bulbifera, Boswellia serrata, Buchnania lanzan, Sterculia urens and Anogeissus latifolia. The sustainable harvesting and management issues of ethnobotanical species are discussed in view of their conservation and management.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ethnobotany*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Edible
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Trees*