Authors : Suryawanshi, B.G. and Rane, V.I.
Page Nos : 45-51
Present study is carried out in kharif and rabbi cropping seasons in east Vidarbha, Maharashtra. The study was based on extensive and intensive fields surveys made during different months during 2018-2019.During the course of field study the authors have selected 4 important rice growing blocks.It divided into two parts. S1(irrigated) sitecontaining the blocksGoregaon (District-Gondia) and Lakhandur (District-Bhandara). S2(non-irrigated) site containing blocks Deori and Arjuni/ Mor (District-Gondia).Frequent field trips were made twice a month in each site for collection of weeds. During this period the authors have reported a total of 66 weed species belonging to 21angiospermic and 1 pteridophytic families. Out of 21angiospermic families the predominance was shown by monocot families like Cyperaceae and Poaceae having 14and 12 weed species, respectively. The pteridophytic family Marsileaceae was represented by 01 weed species. The object of this work is to gather such information on the rice-field weeds and to show that most of these haveethnomedicinal importance. It has also been observed that 24weeds having ethnomedicinal properties. The family like Amaranthaceae, Asteraceae and Poaceae had the largest number of plants used for dysentery, wounds and skin diseases. Further phyto-chemical investigation is necessary before some of them can be used as drugs to serve mankind. It is the need of the hour to explore, identify and utilize new ethnomedicinal plants and help to support increase the economy of farmer of the rural area.