Taxonomical note, new distributional record and traditional use for Dioscorea wallichii Hook. f. (Dioscoreaceae) of Tripura North-East India

  • Chiranjit Paul Department of Forestry and Biodiversity, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar-799022, Tripura
  • Amal Debnath Department of Forestry and Biodiversity, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar-799022, Tripura
  • Rahul Chanda Department of Forestry and Biodiversity, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar-799022, Tripura
  • Bimal Debnath Department of Forestry and Biodiversity, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar-799022, Tripura
Keywords: Dioscorea wallichii, Taxonomy, new distributional record, Ethnobotany, IUCN status, Tripura

Abstract

The existence of Dioscorea wallichii Hook. f. (Dioscoreaceae) is noted first time from the forest floor of Tripura, North East India. The tuber of this plant is used as a vegetable as well as a medicinal purpose by the indigenous peoples of the state. Reang communities of Tripura used tuber of this plant for stomach pain and Jamatia community have eaten this tuber with honey for refreshment and also increase physical fitness. It is widely distributed throughout forest floor as well as the degraded land of the state.

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Published
2017-12-01
How to Cite
Paul, C., Debnath, A., Chanda, R., & Debnath, B. (2017). Taxonomical note, new distributional record and traditional use for Dioscorea wallichii Hook. f. (Dioscoreaceae) of Tripura North-East India. Annals of Plant Sciences, 6(12), 1868-1871. https://doi.org/10.21746/aps.2017.6.12.11
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Research Articles