Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3761

Full Length Research Paper

Indigenous knowledge of plant uses by the community of Batiaghata, Khulna, Bangladesh

Tama Ray
  • Tama Ray
  • Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen, Goettingen-37077, Germany.
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Sharif Hasan Limon
  • Sharif Hasan Limon
  • Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh.
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Sajjad Hossain Tuhin
  • Sajjad Hossain Tuhin
  • Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh.
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Arifa Sharmin
  • Arifa Sharmin
  • Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh.
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  •  Received: 15 December 2020
  •  Accepted: 06 May 2021
  •  Published: 30 June 2021

Abstract

Southwestern region of Bangladesh is very rich in floral diversity, and their diversified uses. An extensive survey was conducted to investigate ethnobotanical applications of botanical species by the community of Khulna, Bangladesh. We focused on plants and community relationships, identify the most important species used, determine the relative importance of the species surveyed and calculated the Fidelity level (FI) and Cultural Significance Index (CSI) concerning individual species. In total, we have listed 136 species of 114 genera under 52 families, of which 41% (63) species were utilized as food, followed by  30% (45) medicine, 14% (21) constructional timber, 11% (17) ornamental, and 4% (6) other uses. Inheritance of traditional knowledge of medicinal plants was the primary source of knowledge acquisition through oral transmission over the generations. However, only 34% of the informants were traditional herbal practitioners. Most of the medicinal uses are primly associated with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic, expectorant, antidote, fever reduction, and pain relief.

Key words: Plants, ethnobotany, homestead, Khulna, Bangladesh.