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Abstract

Studies on ethnomedicinal plants used by malayali tribals in Kolli hills of Eastern ghats, Tamilnadu, India

An ethnobotanical survey was carried out among the Malayali tribals in various villages of kollihills, Nammakkal District, Tamilnadu, India during July 2011 to june 2013. A total 250 species of ethnomedicinal plants belonging to 198 genera and 81 families and 21 habitats, 228 dicotyledons, 22 monocotyledons were reported with the help of standardised 50 tribal informants between the ages of 40-75. The study shows a high degree of ethnobotanical novelty and the use of plants among the Malayali reflects the revival of interest in traditional folk medicine. The medicinal plants used by Malayalis were arranged alphabetically followed by botanical name, family name, local name, habitat, plant parts used, mode of preparation and ethnomedicinal uses.


Author(s): Vaidyanathan D, M. S Salai Senthilkumar and M. Ghouse Basha*

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