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Some Important Medicinal Plants of the Western Ghats, India: A Profile

By: PK Warrier(Author), VPK Nambiar(Author), PM Ganapathy(Author)

398 pages, colour & b/w illustrations, maps

International Development Research Centre for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Program in Asia

Paperback | Jan 2001 | #239233
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Language: English

Some Important Medicinal Plants of the Western Ghats, India is the output of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) sponsored research project implemented between October 1993 and March 1999 by Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS), Kottakkal, Kerala State, India. Twenty species of medicinal plants growing predominantly in the Western Ghats of Southern India were selected for an in-depth study. These species were selected because of the high demand for them, borne out by information on the number of formulations they are used in (especially Ayurveda) and/or status of threat to their natural population in Southern India. Information of distribution, parts of plant extensively used in medicines, well-known Ayurvedic preparations in which employed and a comprehensive taxonomic description are given. The results of intensive pharmacognostic study are provided to serve as a reference material for checking adulteration. Along with this, results of nursery study are also given to provide information on cultivation methods for each species.

It is hoped that the exhaustive information of pharmacognostic features provided in respect of the twenty species selected for the study will go a long way in providing an impetus for further scientific research and documentation of other medicinal plant species and help combat adulteration and encourage efforts to increase the resource base.



1. Aegle marmelos
2. Asparagus racemosus
3. Bacopa monnieri
4. Baliospermum montanum
5. Celastrus paniculatus
6. Coscinium fenestratum
7. Crateva magna
8. Embelia ribes
9. Hemidesmus indicus
10. Holarrhena pubescens
11. Holostemm ada-kodien
12. Kaempferia rotunda
13. Limonia acidissima
14. Nervilia aragoana
15. Oroxylum indicum
16. Plumbago indica
17. Rotula aquatica
18. Rubia cordifolia
19. Saraca asoca
20. Trichosanthes lobata

Sustainable use and biodiversity conservation: issues and opportunities
1. Notes in nursery terms
2. Glossary:
i. Medicinal terms
ii. Botanical terms

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