Authors : Borate Pallavi P. and Meena S. Rao
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The present study represents a part of a wider ethnobotanical survey conducted in different localities of Pinguli tehsil (Dist. Sindhudurg, M. S., INDIA) during May-July 2017. The survey was done by face-to-face interview of 84 people residing in the tehsil. The participants were asked: 1) to list medicinal plants used by them (excluding Justica adhatoda L., Calatropis gigantia L., Cassia tora L., Syzigium cumini (Linn.), Garcinia indica Choisy and 2) to present a detailed information about local names of plants listed, ethnobotanical use and the mode of application. Totally 31 plant species were listed by respondents. The plants were collected and identified with the help of pertinent literature. The most frequently reported plants are - Emblica officinalis Gaertn, Santalum album (L.), Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) W. & A., Phyllanthus niruri non L., Carrissa congesta carandus L., Hyptis suaveolens Poit .These plants are used mainly for disease prevention and treatment. The information reported by the participants in this study is an evidence for the existence of local knowledge of folk medicine in Pinguli area of Kudal taluka in Sindhudurg Distrct. At the same time, the interest and use of non-native plants display the impact of globalization and socio-cultural development on herbal utilization.