Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3835

Full Length Research Paper

Ethnobotanically important trees and their uses by Kattunaikka tribe in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India

M. K. Ratheesh Narayanan1, S. Mithunlal1, P. Sujanapal1, N. Anil Kumar1, M. Sivadasan2*, Ahmed H. Alfarhan2 and A. A. Alatar2
1Community Agrobiodiversity Centre, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Puthoorvayal, Kalpetta, Wayanad - 673 121, Kerala, India. 2Department of Botany and Microbiology, College of Science, King Saud University, P. B. No. 2455, Riyadh - 11451, Kingdom of  Saudi Arabia.
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  •  Accepted: 01 December 2010
  •  Published: 18 February 2011


Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the Wayanad revenue district of Kerala, India falls under Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve on the Western Ghats. Floristic and ethnobotanical studies in the sanctuary resulted in the documentation of a total of 75 taxa of trees of ethnobotanical importance, and their uses by Kattunaikka tribe residing within the sanctuary are recorded. The potentialities of the medicinal properties of the trees are important and could be explored and utilized in the pharmaceutical industry.


Key words: Ethnobotany, ethnomedicinal plants, India, Kattunaikka, Kerala, traditional knowledge.