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Ethno-botanical Study of Selected Sacred Groves in Cuddalore and Villupuram Districts, Tamil Nadu, India
S. Karthik*, M. Subramanian, S. Ravikumar and R. Dhamotharan
P.G. and Research Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, Presidency College (Autonomous), Kamarajar Road, Chennai-600 005, Tamil Nadu, India
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An ethno-botanical study was carried out to document the medicinal plants in two districts of Cuddalore and Villupuram. The sacred groves of Dhanam (DM), Edaicheruvi (EI), Konalavadi (KI), Kuthanur (KR), M.Parur (MR), Murarbad (MD), Pallavadi (PI), Siruvambur (SR), Udaiyanachi (UI), V.Palaiyam (VM), Veerapaiyangara (VIM), Visalur (VR) were studied. 94 medicinal plant species were identified. The plants include trees (38%), shrubs (5%), herbs (26%), and climbers (1%), parasites (2%) and lianas (28%). A total of 94 identified plant species belonged to 84 genera and 47 families. Sacred groves are a small area of forest protected by the local people. It is one of the rich biodiversity spots wherein rare plants, animal, and medicinal plants are established in reserved forests. The local people believe that their ancestors have been lived in the grove. That is the major reason that has been observed in the present study that the local people are not taking the fallen trees and twigs from the sacred groves.

Keywords: Diseases Ethnobotany Sacred groves Traditional knowledge
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Karthik, S., Subramanian, M., Ravikumar, S., Dhamotharan, R., 2016. Ethno-botanical study of selected sacred groves in Cuddalore and Villupuram Districts, Tamil Nadu, India. Int.J.Curr.Res.Biosci.Plantbiol. 3(1): 92-103 . doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcrbp.2016.301.010
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