Uniyal, S K and Kumar, Amit and Lal, Brij and Singh, R D (2006) Quantitative assessment and traditional uses of high value medicinal plants in Chhota Bhangal area of Himachal Pradesh, western Himalaya. Current Science, 91 (9). pp. 1238-1242.

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Information on eight highly traded and locally used medicinal plants was collected from the alpine zones of Chhota Bhangal. The study aimed to quantify the current status of these plants in terms of density, frequency and biomass, and also document the indigenous use of these plants for traditional healthcare. Quadrats of 1 x 1 m were used for quantitative assessment of the plants. Informal interviews and discussions were held with local people for recording local uses of the plants. Based on the sampling, it was found that different species had different habitat requirements. Steep slopes of Chhota Bhangal had the highest species richness and diversity, while rocky areas had the least. Maximum similarity in terms of species distribution was observed between steep slopes and undulating meadows. It was found that these medicinal plants are regularly used by the local people for curing various ailments such as stomach ache, fever and kidney stones. However, illegal extraction of plants for commercial purposes seems to have affected their population in nature. However, in comparison to few other alpine areas of western Himalaya, the present study area supports higher population of medicinal plants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chhota Bhangal; western Himalaya; ethnobotany; trade; medicinal plants.
Subjects: Remote Sensing and Mapping
Depositing User: Dr. Aparna Maitra Pati
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2011 05:03
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 10:37
URI: http://ihbt.csircentral.net/id/eprint/658

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