Ethnomedicinal importance of wild edible tuber plants from tribal areas of Western Ghats of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Subbaiyan. B Balakrishnan Kongunadu arts and science college, affiliated by Bharathiar university, coimbatore-641029
Keywords: Key words, Tribal communities, Tuberous plants, RET.



In the present study was carried out the wild edible tuberous root plant speciesused in the ethnomedicinalvaluesfrom Western Ghats of Coimbatore district, Tamilnadu, India. The major tribal communities inhabit the study areas are Irular, Malasars and Muthuvans. Frequent field surveys were conducted around the Coimbatore hilly regions during various seasons in 2012 to 2013. Ethnomedicinal information about tuberous plants is given by mentioning their binomial name, family, vernacular/local name, ecological status and medicinal uses were collected from the local people and based on literature. The result of this study carried out 35 tuberous root plants from 26 genera belongs to 17 families were enumerated. Ecological status like rare, endangered and threatened (RET) species was identified in our study area. This study was motivated to the importance of conservation for the sustainable utilization of the wild edible tuberous plant species by the tribal communities.

Author Biography

Subbaiyan. B Balakrishnan, Kongunadu arts and science college, affiliated by Bharathiar university, coimbatore-641029



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