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Ethnobotany of India, Volume 4
Western and Central Himalayas

ISBN 9781774631225
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
516 Pages 15 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Ethnobotany of India: Volume 4: Western and Central Himalayas is the 4th volume of the 5-volume set, an informative book series on the ethnobotanical aspects of India. The books cover different regions, including

Volume 1: Eastern Ghats and Deccan

Volume 2: Western Ghats and West Coast of Peninsular India

Volume 3: North-East India and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Volume 4: Western and Central Himalayas

Volume 5:  The Indo-Gangetic Region

Each volume looks at the important ethnic plants of the specific region. Volume 4 covers the Western and Central Himalayas, the well-known mountain range on the Indian subcontinent. The unique flora and fauna of the Himalayas are varied, affected by climate, rainfall, altitude, and soils, and are vulnerable to impacts from climate change. The editors espouse that because indigenous non-Western societies form the vast majority of people now as well as in the past, a study of their plant interrelationships is necessary, and India is one of the most important regions of the old world for its ancient and culturally rich and diverse knowledge of ethnobotany. With this in mind, these volumes share a great deal of information that will be valuable to plant botanists and others working in and interested in ethnobotany.

This important volume covers the ethnobotanical aspects of many plants of the region. It looks at

  • ethnic diversity of people

  • ethnic food plants and food preparation

  • ethnomedical aspects of plants

  • psychedelic plants and their possible link to soma, a vedic ritual drink whose plant origins are a mystery

  • ethnoveterinary medicinal plants

  • ethno-conservation practices

  • biodiversity heritage sites

The volume includes the details of the plants used, their scientific names, the parts used, and how the plants are used, providing the what, how, and why of plant usage. The book is well illustrated with 20 color and 67 b/w illustrations.

Together, the five volumes in the Ethnobotany of India series presents the available ethnobotanical knowledge of India in one place. India’s ancient and culturally rich and diverse information and use of ethnobotany will be valuable to those in the fields of botany and plant sciences, pharmacognosy and pharmacology, nutraceuticals, and others. The books also consider the threat to plant biodiversity imposed by environmental degradation, which impacts cultural diversity.

Table of Contents

Ethnic Diversity in Central and Western Himalayas

Mamta Sharma and S. K. Sood

Ethnic Food Plants and Ethnic Food Preparation in Western and Central Himalayas

Basant Ballabh and T. Pullaiah

Ethnomedicinal Plants of Subalpine and Alpine Region of Uttarakhand Himalaya

Harsh Singh and Veena Dixit

Ethnomedicinal Plants of Western and Central Himalayas

Basant Ballabh, O. P. Chaurasia, P. C. Pande, and T. Pullaiah

Ashtavarga Plants-A Review

S. John Adams, T. Senthil Kumar, G. Muthuraman, and Anju Majeed

A Reconnaissance of Ethnic Psychedelic Plants of Western Himalaya and Their Possible Identity to Soma

K. V. Krishnamurthy and Bir Bahadur

Ethnoveterinary Medicinal Plants of Western and Central Himalayas

T. Pullaiah, K. V. Krishnamurthy, Bir Bahadur, and John Adams

Ethnobotany of Useful Plant Species in North Western Himalaya, India

A. Rajasekaran, Joginder Singh, S. P. Subiramani, and Shalu Devi

Ethno- Conservation Practices in North Western Himalaya, India

Rajasekaran, Vaneet Jishtu, Yogesh Gokhale Nazir A. Pala, and Jagdish Singh

The Sacred Natural Sites, the Social Taboo System and the Scope of Developing Some of the Sites as Biodiversity Heritage Sites, Uttarakhand, Central Himalaya

Chandra Singh Negi

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