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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 62-67

Ethnobotanical study of wild edible plants in Pyuthan district

1 Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal
2 Nepal Polytechnic Institute, Purbanchal University, Chitwan, Nepal
3 D.D. College, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Central University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
4 Institute of Media, Management, Technology College, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Central University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Sangam Patna
Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mtsp.mtsp_7_21

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Objectives: Wild edible plants (WEPs) are those plants that are not domesticated and often neglected but have nutritional and medicinal value and can be used as a good source of diet. The study discusses and depicts the availability of WEPs, their taxonomical categories, species richness, distribution, preference, and their threat in the Gaumukhi area. Methodology: Data were collected from 60 randomly selected WEP consumers of Puja and Khung village using a semi-structured interview schedule. The study showed that 37 different species of wild plants are frequently used by respondents. It was found that the majority of the WEPs used were trees followed by herbs and shrubs. Results: Regarding the plant parts used, most of the respondents (54%) use WEPs in the form of vegetables followed by raw fruits (28%) users. The study revealed that the majority of WEP's consumers (39%) were from other caste categories such as Giri, Puri, and Malla followed by Dalits (36%). Research indicated that most of the WEPs were collected from the forest area having an altitude of (1300–1500) masl. The major threat to WEPs was fuel wood collection followed by uncontrolled fire. Conclusions: Study preference of WEPs among the respondents showed that Polystichum squarrosum (Daude) was the highly preferred one followed by Diplazium esculentum (Neuro) and Dendrocalamus hamiltoni (Tama).

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