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An Ethnobotanical survey of Medicinal Plants in Semiliguda of Koraput District, Odisha, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Council of Analytical Tribal Studies, Koraput, Odisha, INDIA
  • 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Gunupur-765022, Odisha, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 2, Issue (8), Pages 20-30, August,2 (2013)


An ethnobotanical survey in Semiliguda block of Koraput district, Odisha have revealed a wealth of traditional knowledge on medicinal plants and their uses amongst the local Godaba healers. The indigenous knowledge of local traditional healers and the native plants used for medicinal purposes were collected through questionnaire and personal interviews during field trips. The study includes 50 species, most of which appear to be still in everyday use. In this study the most dominant family was Euphorbiaceae and Myrtaceae. An overview of the most important plants and their uses is presented, which shows several interesting records that have hitherto remained undocumented. New records of plants that are locally used (e.g. Caryota urens, Curcuma montana Cardiospermum helicacabum, Sansiveria roxiburghiana, Atylosia scarabaeoide, Argyreia Speciosa, Chenopodium ambrosioides, Euphorbia tirucalli L., Pongamia glabra, Sesbania grandiflora, Stephania hernandifolia ,Elephantopus scaber, Acorus calamus L., Lawsonia inermis ) confirm that the medical ethnobotany of Semiliguda block is incompletely recorded. It can be seen that ethnomedicinal information from traditional healers provides a solid lead towards development of new drugs than random screening. The task that remains is to screen extracts prepared from these plants and perform a bioassay-guided fractionation of the active extracts so as to isolate the active compounds from these plants. The traditional healers are dwindling in number and there is a grave danger of traditional knowledge disappearing soon since the younger generation is not interested to carry on this tradition.


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