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Prasad K.,Deccan regional Center | Narayana Swamy A.,Sri Krishnadevaraya University
Phytotaxa | Year: 2014

Rhynchosia ravii, a new species from Andhra Pradesh, India is described and illustrated. Full description, distribution details and conservation status are presented, and the new species is compared with its most closely related species, Rhynchosia beddomei. © 2014 Magnolia Press.

Trichosanthes quinquangulata A. Gray (Cucurbitaceae) is reported first time for India from Andaman Islands. A detailed description and photographs are provided for identification.

Rasingam L.,Keystone Foundation | Rasingam L.,Deccan regional Center
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine | Year: 2012

Objective: To conduct an ethnobotanical studies and collect information about the wild edible plants collected and utilized by the Irula tribes of Pillur valley, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India. Methods: The study was conducted among the Irula peoples of Pillur valley through survey, interview and field work along with the knowledgeable individuals during January 2009 - September 2010. All the traditional and other knowledge related to the collection and consumption of wild edible plants on which the communities depend was documented. Results: A total of 74 plant species have been recorded as wild edible in the study areas, of which, fruits yielding plants ranked first with 42 species, green leaves, tubers, young shoots and flowers ranked next with 26, 7, 4 and 2 species respectively. Conclusions: Our study revealed that the adivasi community in the Pillur Valley continues to have and use the knowledge about the wild edible plants, including their habitat, collection period, sustainable collection, mode of preparation and consumption. To date, this knowledge appear to be fairly well conserved and used as a result of continued reliance of local community on the wild uncultivated foods. © 2012 Asian Pacific Tropical Biomedical Magazine.

Rasingam L.,Deccan regional Center | Jeeva S.,Center for Biodiversity and Biotechnology | Kannan D.,Thiagarajar College of Engineering
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine | Year: 2012

Objective: To identify and understand the utilization and prioritization of medicinal plants used as tooth sticks by the select communities of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Methods: The information was collected through questionnaires and discussions among the informants in their local language regarding the plant parts used. Results: A total of 11 plant species belonging to 10 genera and 8 families were enumerated as tooth sticks, used by the Chota Nagpuri and Tamil inhabitants of Andaman and Nicobar islands to treat dental caries. Conclusion: The most important plant species harvested for tooth sticks belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae (3 species) and important as the tribal have used these plants since time immemorial and found effective in their teeth and gums health and this study has scopes on the conservation of certain medicinal plants, through sustainable utilization. © 2012 Asian Pacific Tropical Biomedical Magazine.

Rasingam L.,Deccan regional Center
Rheedea | Year: 2013

Dendrocnide sinuata (Blume) Chew and Laportea interrupta (L.) Chew belonging to the family Urticaceae are reported as new additions to the flora of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Descriptions, line drawing, and photographs are presented for easy identification.

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