Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3833

Full Length Research Paper

Wild edible plants used by the Kattunaikka, Paniya and Kuruma tribes of Wayanad District, Kerala, India

M. K. Ratheesh Narayanan1, N. Anilkumar1, V. Balakrishnan1, M. Sivadasan2*, H. Ahmed Alfarhan2 and A. A. Alatar2
1Community Agrobiodiversity Centre, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Puthoorvayal P. O., Kalpetta,Wayanad - 673 121, Kerala, India. 2Department of Botany and Microbiology, King Saud University, College of Science, P. B. No 2455, Riyadh - 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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  •  Accepted: 05 April 2011
  •  Published: 04 August 2011


Wayanad district is with a hilly terrain on the southern Western Ghats and located in the northeast part of Kerala state. The ethnic diversity of the district is very impressive as evidenced by ten different tribal groups. Ethnobotanical studies in the district resulted in the documentation of information on 165 edible plants used by Kattunaikka, Paniya and Kuruma tribes. The Paniya community possesses knowledge regarding 136 taxa of wild edibleplants, with Kattunaikkas coming next with knowledge of 97 taxa. Amongst these tribal communities, the Kurumas are at the bottom of the knowledge-ladder with knowledge of 42 taxa of wild edible plants.


Key wordsEthnobotany, India, Kattunaikka, Kerala, Kuruma, Paniya, Wayanad, wild edible plants.