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Title: Utilization of wild Citrus by Khasi and Garo tribes of Meghalaya
Authors: Upadhaya, Anamika
Chaturvedi, S S
Tiwari, B K
Keywords: Wild;Utilization;Khasi tribe;Garo tribe;Citrus macroptera Montrouz.;Citrus latipes (Swingle) Yu.Tanaka;Citrus indica Yu.Tanaka;Meghalaya
Issue Date: Jan-2016
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K 36/00
Abstract: Uses of wild and semi-wild Citrus are inculcated in the culture of tribal people of Meghalaya owing to its ubiquitous distribution and availability. In this paper, the traditional uses of Citrus hystrix DC syn. Citrus macroptera Montrouz., Citrus latipes (Swingle) Yu.Tanaka  and Citrus indica Yu.Tanaka by the Khasi and Garo tribes of Meghalaya are documented. The study was conducted in 16 villages of the state having significant area under forest with Citrus species as natural component of forest vegetation using standard socio economic research methods. Distribution of these species are mostly confined to sacred groves, community conserved forests, core zone of protected areas and home gardens.  Fruits and its parts are used for various medicinal and culinary purposes by these tribes. Owing to its distribution, Citrus latipes (Swingle) Yu.Tanaka  is more commonly used by the Khasi people; Citrus indica Yu.Tanaka is more used by the Garo people while Citrus macroptera Montrouz. is equally popular among people of both the tribes. Wild Citrus spp and traditional knowledge associated with it are faced with a great threat of loss and call for protection and conservation. Documentation of traditional knowledge associated with Citrus spp could be a treasure for the future generation.
Page(s): 121-127
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.15(1) [January 2016]

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