Diversity and indigenous uses of Some Ethno Medicinal Plants in Papikondalu wild life Sanctuary, Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, India

Objective: The main objective of the Present study deals with Ethno medicinal information collected on 173 plants species utilized by the tribal communities of papikondalu wild life sanctuary area.
Methods: The Papikondalu wild life sanctuary is thoroughly studied by repeated visits in different seasons of the year 2014 to 2015 covering the pre monsoon, monsoon and post monsoon seasons to cover the overall sperectrum of vegetation. It helps in observing the developmental stages of medicinal plants species like vegetative, flowering and fruiting stages. The plants specimens were collected identified with the help of Flora of Presidency of Madras, Flora of Andhra Pradesh, Forest flora of Andhra Pradesh. The names of tribal doctors, other ethno medicinal knowledge peoples (Tribal men and Women) who have given the ethno medicinal information were recorded.
Results: The Present study deals with Ethno medicinal information on 173 plants species , belonging to 148 genera’s under 65 families utilized by the tribal communities of papikondalu wild life sanctuary area. Out of which 87 medicinal properties were recorded for human ailments. Out of 65 families 63 families belongs to Dicocts and 2 families are monocots
Conclusion: This forest region is good resource and wealth for various flora and fauna, but due to anthropogenic activities, density as well as canopy of the forest was reduced knowingly or unknowingly. It is a high time to have a look on its conservation and management strategies to protect our heritage and forest wealth.

Author(s): D.Srinivasa Rao*, G.M.Narasimha Rao, P.Prayaga Murthy

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