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dc.contributor.authorSayeed, R-
dc.contributor.authorThakur, M-
dc.identifier.issn0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)-
dc.description.abstractCockscomb flower (Celosia cristata), commonly known as ‘Marwal’, is an important part of Kashmiri culture. However, it has received little attention from researchers. In the present study, an effort has been made to document the indigenous knowledge of the native Kashmiri population about its ethnobotanical uses and bring this valuable plant into focus. The indigenous knowledge about C. cristatan was gathered by adopting Participatory Rural Appraisal technique. It involved interviews, and discussions with a total of 55 respondents. All the documented data was quantitatively analyzed using several ethnobotanical indices including Use Value (UV), Fidelity Level (FL), Informant Consensus Factor (FIC) and Index of Cultural Significance (ICS). The results revealed that the flower plays a crucial role in folklore medicine, local cuisine, and beautification of surroundings, and most importantly as a food colorant, which can serve as an alternative to the harmful synthetic color additives used in food industries. This innovative practice developed by the Kashmiri people need to be well protected. In addition, extensive studies are required to investigate, identify and characterize the biologically active compounds responsible for the pharmacological effects of C. cristata.en_US
dc.publisherNISCAIR-CSIR, Indiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInt. Cl.20: A01H 5/02,  H01K 7/04,  G06N 5/02en_US
dc.rights CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Indiaen_US
dc.sourceIJTK Vol.19(4) [October 2020]en_US
dc.subjectCockscomb floweren_US
dc.subjectEthnobotanical indicesen_US
dc.subjectIndigenous knowledgeen_US
dc.titleIndigenous knowledge on the uses, management, drying and marketing of Celosia cristata L.- A culturally significant flower of the Kashmir Valley, Indiaen_US
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