Ethnomedicinal plants of Kawal wildlife sanctuary, Telangana, India.

Chandra Mohan Adepu, Sateesh Suthari*, Ajmeera Ragan


The ethnomedicinal plants used by the ethnic tribes living in and around the Kawal wildlife sanctuary are documented based on interviewing 128 key informants from 43 villages. The study identified 198 medicinal plant taxa representing 165 genera of 72 families. Fabaceae are the predominant family with 33 species followed by Apocynaceae (11 spp.), Convolvulaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Malvaceae and Rubiaceae (7 spp. each), Anacardiaceae, Combretaceae and Verbenaceae (6 spp. each) and Rutaceae (5 spp.). Majority of these species are indigenous (83.33%). The indigenous people largely use trees (81; 40.91%) and herbs (48; 24.24%) which are wild and abundant followed by climbers (40; 20.21%) and shrubs (29; 14.64%). 


Ethnomedicine; indigenous; Kawal wildlife sanctuary; Telangana.

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