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Plants and Environment

E-ISSN: 2582-3744
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2020, Vol. 2, Issue 1

Plant invasion: Some gleanings from Madhava Chikitsa

Author(s): D. A. Patil

Affiliation: Post-Graduate Department of Botany, S.S.V.P. Sanstha’s L.K. Dr. P.R. Ghogrey Science College, Dhule-424005 Maharashtra, India

Abstract: Medicolore is intimately rooted in ancient Sanskrit compendia in Ayurveda. Ayurveda during 5th-10th century AD in the Charak-Sushruta era became user-friendly. One such attempt is Madhava Chikitsa conceived and written by Madhacharya in 7th century. Of late, the scientific all-pervasive examination is being carried out. The present author studied it from the standpoint of plant invasion in erstwhile India. Total of 42 exotic plant species pertaining to 41 genera and 30 families of angiosperms have been documented from it. The majority of them (28 species) are under cultivation in India and rest others run wild on Indian landmass. Their nativity is also brought in a clearer focus. Maximum species appeared invaded from Europe (11 species), America (09 species), Africa and Asia (Excluding India) (06 species each), other countries, continents or regions are represented by one or two species each. The consequence of plant invasion is interpreted in Indian context. Our understanding can be enriched to suggest measures for conservation of nature if such introductions of plants revealed from ancient literary sources of India.

DOI: 10.22271/2582-3744.2020.mar.1

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