RESEARCH & PUBLICATION
Medicinal Plants wealth of local communities of Athoor Taluk, Dindigul District,South Tamilnadu, India
P. Packiaraj, K. Suresh and P. Venkadeswaran
Abstract Ethnobotany is the direct interrelationship between human beings and plants. Ethnobotanists can play very useful roles in rescuing this disappearing knowledge and returning it to local communities. An ethnobotanical survey was carried out between January 2012 and January 2013 in Athoor Taluk of Dindigul District, Tamilnadu, India The main objective of the present study was to bring to light the species of wild plants that are used for the treatment of various ailments by the rural peoples. The present study revealed that 45 plant species are enumerated in the present account. In this way local ethno botanical knowledge can be conserved as part of living cultural – ecological systems, helping to maintain a sense of pride in local cultural knowledge and practice and reinforcing links between communities and the environment. Key Words: Local communities, Ethnobotanical survey, Tamil Nadu
Checklist of plant diversity in Sulur Tank, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu: with a note on urbanization induced changes in the floral composition
M. Gunasekaran, Anand Prem Rajan and M. Muralidharan
Abstract The human civilization flourished near water bodies as they nurtured all the needs of mankind. The unscrupulous use of water bodies has led to loss of biodiversity and other ecological benefits. The present study was undertaken to record the changes in floral composition in and around Sulur small tank. 74 plant varieties representing 37 families with 66 dicotyledon species and 8 monocotyledon species were recorded during the study. Prosophis juliflora, Parthenium hysterophorus and Eichhornia crassipes were predominant invasive introduced species. Impact on the water bodies by urbanization is reflected by the change in floral structure of the region. Key words: Flora, Crop pattern change, Sulur tank, River Noyyal, Sewage, wetlands.
Volume No. 3(4) December,2014