Intracultural Cognizance of Medicinal Plants of Warangal North Forest Division, Northern Telangana, India

Authors

  • Sateesh Suthari Department of Botany, Kakatiya University
  • N. Sreeramulu Department of Botany, Kakatiya University, Warangal
  • K. Omkar PSC & KVSC Govt. Degree College, Nandyal, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
  • C. S. Reddy National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad
  • Vatsavaya S. Raju Department of Botany, Kakatiya University

Keywords:

Intracultural, variation, traditional knowledge, koyas, India.

Abstract

Differences in the traditional botanical knowledge of Koya communities inhabiting Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary (Warangal North Forest Division) are investigated. Eighteen villages (16 within the wildlife sanctuary and two outside it) were selected to test the null hypothesis that there exist no cognitive differences among the ethnic inhabitants in their ability to recognize the plants and recall the vernacular names and medicinal uses since they are recipients of the same dry deciduous forest ecosystem services. The Koyas were found to use as medicine 237 species in 66 angiosperm families. Analyses of data gathered from villagers showed that there is significant intracultural diversity in terms of taxonomic groups and growth forms in regard to utilizing the proximate plant resource for their primary healthcare and disease treatment of pets.

Author Biographies

Sateesh Suthari, Department of Botany, Kakatiya University

Plant Systematics Laboratory
Department of Botany
Kakatiya University, Warangal-506009
Andhra Pradesh, India

Accredited with 'A' grade by NAAC

N. Sreeramulu, Department of Botany, Kakatiya University, Warangal

Plant Systematics Laboratory
Department of Botany
Kakatiya University, Warangal-506009
Andhra Pradesh, India

Accredited with 'A' grade by NAAC

K. Omkar, PSC & KVSC Govt. Degree College, Nandyal, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

PSC & KVSC Govt. Degree College

Department of Botany, Nandyal-518 502, 

Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India

C. S. Reddy, National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad

Forestry & Ecology Division

National Remote Sensing Centre, Balanagar

Hyderabad-500 037, Andhra Pradesh, India

Vatsavaya S. Raju, Department of Botany, Kakatiya University

Plant Systematics Laboratory
Department of Botany
Kakatiya University, Warangal-506009
Andhra Pradesh, India

Accredited with 'A' grade by NAAC

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Published

2014-07-15

How to Cite

Suthari, S., Sreeramulu, N., Omkar, K., Reddy, C. S., & Raju, V. S. (2014). Intracultural Cognizance of Medicinal Plants of Warangal North Forest Division, Northern Telangana, India. Ethnobotany Research and Applications, 12, 211–235. Retrieved from https://ethnobotanyjournal.org/index.php/era/article/view/903

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