Present communication describes lesser known plant resources which have been used over the centuries by local communities and indigenous populations for their medicinal and nutritional properties. Many of these plants are now being discovered by modern science and medicine and their value recognized. The idea is to call attention of research institutions and policy makers to these “forgotten gems” which have the potential of bringing economic returns to the communities that depend on them and of pulling so many out of poverty as well as capitalizing on traditional knowledge.
Key words: Medicinal plant resources, research institutions, policy makers.
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