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Plants and Environment

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2019, Vol. 1, Issue 2

Biodiversity of a tribal village, Assam with special emphasis on the traditional knowledge of plants

Author(s): Lina Gogoi*, Gautam Baruah, Darshana Borah and Sangita Deka

Affiliation: *Department of Energy, Tezpur University, Napaam, Tezpur, Assam, India

Abstract: The use of herbal medicinal knowledge in India is famously recognized all over the world. Many people living in remote areas still depend on the indigenous knowledge on plants for years. They use to carry down their knowledge orally from one generation to the other. The Tea Garden Workers of Assam are a mixture of both tribals and backward caste Hindus who were brought by the British colonial planters as labourers from Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Telangana and Chhattisgarh to Assam during 1860-90s. A total of 62 plant species and 19 bird species belonging to 18 families were recorded in the selected tribal village from the present study. 14 out of 62 plant species were used by the tribe as traditional live fencing. The present study shows that the tribe is also good in ethnomedicinal practices.In our study, 67 species of butterflies of 5 different families were also reported.

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