Ethnobotanical Survey in Alanur and Maan Kombu Blocks of Kalrayan Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

Ravinder Singh Chinnappan

Abstract

Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship which exists between people of primitive societies and their plant environment. An ethnobotanical study on medicinal plants was conducted in the Alanur and Maan Kombu blocks of Kalrayan Hills, Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu. This paper presents the results of an assessment of the ethnobotanical uses of some plants recorded in the selected Alanur and Maan Kombu blocks of Kalrayan Hills. Kalrayan Hills is inhabited by several aboriginals who have their unique socio-cultural heritage and have deep belief in their native folklore and medicinal remedies. The valid scientific names of 92 medicinal plants belonging to 53 families and their local name (s) and medicinal value have been enumerated in this paper. The article unveils the studies on ethnomedicinal species and their families used by the tribal communities of Kalrayan Hills to treat various types of diseases.

Keywords: Traditional Knowledge, Medicinal Plants, Kalrayan Hills, Ethnobotany.

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