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Local folk use of plants in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Raiganj College (University College), Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal-733134, INDIA
  • 2Plant Genetics & Tissue Culture Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of North Bengal- 734013, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 3, Issue (5), Pages 67-79, May,10 (2014)

Abstract

Dakshin Dinajpur (2162 Sq. Km.) is a small ethnomedicinally active district, where most of the common tribals (Santal, Munda, Oraon, Rajbanshi, Lodha, Sabar etc.) still use plants as their remedies for various ailments. An ethnomedicinal study among the local tribal people of this district has been carried out during November 2009 to November 2011. Information is collected based on interviews and cross verified with other aged traditional practitioners. The present investigation documents the use of 132 plant species belonging to 65 families. The survey was conducted among different tribal and non-tribal communities of this district. Out of 132 recorded uses 56 uses are new report from this district.

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