Journal of Biodiversity Management & ForestryISSN: 2327-4417

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Research Article, J Biodivers Manage Forestry Vol: 5 Issue: 2

Conservation Status of Threatened Ethno-Medicinal Plants in Western Madhya Pradesh, India

Vijay V Wagh1* and Ashok K Jain2
1Plant Diversity, Systematics and Herbarium Division, CSIR- National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow – 226 001 (Uttar Pradesh), India
2S.K. Jain Institute of Ethnobiology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior - 474 011 (Madhya Pradesh), India
Corresponding author : Vijay V Wagh
Plant Diversity, Systematics and Herbarium Division, CSIR- National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow – 226 001 (Uttar Pradesh), India
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: October 23, 2015 Accepted: March 10, 2016 Published: March 18, 2016
Citation: Wagh VV, Jain AK (2016) Conservation Status of Threatened Ethno-Medicinal Plants in Western Madhya Pradesh, India. J Biodivers Manage Forestry 5:2. doi:10.4172/2327-4417.1000157

Abstract

The present study was aimed to explore and document the traditional knowledge of plants and to assess the conservation status of ethnomedicinal plants of the study area. The ethnobotanical information was collected through semi-structured interviews and key informant discussion. The data were analyzed through informant consensus factor (ICF) and fidelity level (FL). Threat assessment for individual plant species was analyzed by IUCN categories. We documented 68 plant species belonging to 35 families used for treating 25 human ailments. The major mode of administration is decoction (23 species). The highest ICF value is 1 for mouth ulcers whereas lowest ICF is 0.5 for piles. This research classifies 17 species of plants with FLs 100. We also assessed the medicinal plants in various threat categories such as vulnerable (30 species), endangered (28 species) and critically endangered (10 species). The present study documented the traditional uses of threatened medicinal plants, their conservation status and importance of these plants in study area. This study can serve as baseline information on medicinal plants and could be helpful for further strengthen the conservation of this important resources.

Keywords: Traditional knowledge; Conservation status; Tribal community

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