Several scientific studies are in progress using modern scientific tools based on the lead from the folkloric and herbal uses for formulating new western medicine. The present study involves the identification, enumeration and utilization of medicinal flora in the study area. The present study is mainly carried to study the flora of hill and it results with the collection in the Thirumoorthy hills. An ethnomedical survey was carried out among the Pulaya ethnic groups of Thirumoorthy Hills, Western Ghats, Tirupur region of Tamil Nadu, India. The natural forest in the study area consisted of numerous trees, lianas, shrubs and herbs - the treasure troves of medicines. Due to the degradation of medicinal flora habitats in the recent past, there is a gradual decline in their Distribution and abundance. As a consequence of the increase in access to western medicine, the utilization of medicinal plants has reduced and hence the knowledge of its use stands to be lost. In this study, about 52 plants which belong to 33 families were documented and their medicinal uses also reported. The reported potential ethnomedicinal plants could be conserved and further validation need for better utilization and provisions of the documented knowledge.
Vetri Velavan Sundararajan, Santhiya Rajendran, Vimal Priya Subramanian, Krishnamoorthy Karthika. Floristic and ethno-botanical survey of flora population in Thirumoorthy hills of Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Botany Studies, Volume 7, Issue 8, 2022, Pages 5-18