Book Review - Ethnobotany of Similipal

Ashok K. Jain

Published on : 31-Dec-2020



Similipal Biosphere Reserve (SBR) in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha is a most most luxuriant forest and rich in medicinal plant resources. The forest area is dominated by a number of tribes such as Kol, Santal, Bhumij, Mankidias and Khadias who depend on the forest for their food to medicine. Ethnobotanical studies on Similipal reveal the availability of wild and cultivated plant species with potential for resource utilization. Tribals inhabiting Similipal possess specific knowledge about usage of plants unknown to the outside world. The present book is the representation of an excellent work carried out by authors in Similipal forest area. It is a comprehensive inventory of useful plants mainly used by Kharia tribes of Similipal. The book comprises tribal’s indigenous knowledge on over 300 species of vascular plants, both wild and cultivated. This information has been analyzed, classified and documented in a scientific manner.