Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
Ethnobotanical distribution in Rewari and Mahendergarh district of Haryana
Abstract: This exploration is aimed at identifying plant species used and processed by people of Rewari and Mahendergarh district of Haryana, India. This fieldwork data was collected through onsite exploration. Every care is taken to collect samples randomly and systematically. Ethnobotanical methods using semi-structured interviews were employed and a total of 48 species of medicinal plants belonging to 26 families were recorded. People of these districts have been using these plants in treatment of more than 60 diseases. The wild/natural environment yielded larger proportion of the total records followed by home gardens of the area. These species were found to have the highest diversity of medicinal applications. However, only very few individuals of each species were found in the area and this might be attributed to the ongoing habitat modification and loss of natural vegetation. Measures are needed to conserve plants that are reported to be scarce in the study area, but still, they are only harvested from the wild. Therefore, it is important to create awareness on sustainable use of the natural vegetation. Paying special attention to the medicinal plants found in the area may help to amplify the role that these plants play in healthcare, poverty alleviation as well as biodiversity conservation.