Economic Botany

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 146–151 | Cite as

Folk Utilization of some Pteridophytes of Deoprayag area in Garhwal Himalaya: India

  • R. D. Gaur
  • B. P. Bhatt


Garhwal Himalaya represents one of the richest zones of vegetational wealth in India. Pteridophytic flora is also interesting in its diversity and distribution, however, little is worked out on the economic aspects of these plants. Therefore, present communication pertains to the folk utilization of ferns and fern-allies by the inhabitants of Deoprayag Tehsil in Garhwal Himalaya. The studies are based on frequent field trips to various remote localities and collecting the information from the local inhabitants. The perusal of literature indicated several little known plants of folk utilization, and a large number of these could prove an important source of wider economic utility after phytochemical analysis.

Key Words

Pteridophytes edible ferns medicinal fems fodder manure fire resistance soil binders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Gaur
    • 1
  • B. P. Bhatt
    • 2
  1. 1.Ethnobotany and Systematic Laboratory, Botany DepartmentH.N.B. Garhwal UniversitySrinagar Garhwal, U.P.India
  2. 2.Department of ForestryH.N.B. Garhwal UniversitySrinagar Garhwal, U.P.India

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