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Title: Myths, traditions and fate of multipurpose Bombax ceiba L. - An appraisal
Authors: Jain, Vartika
Verma, SK
Katewa, SS
Keywords: Silk cotton tree
Ethnomedicine
Ethnoconservation
Myths
Traditions
Bhil
Garasia
Kathodi
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A01K61/00, A61P1/10, A61P1/16, A61P5/00, A61P5/50, A61P11/00, A61P11/06, A61P15/00, A61P15/02, A61P31/00, A61P31/04, A61P39/02
Abstract:  Plants form an integral part of many rites, rituals, folk tales, customs and traditions. Silk cotton tree (Bombax ceiba L.), locally known as semal, is one such tree species, quite popular among various tribal communities. The plant is being exploited largely for medicinal and commercial purposes but traditional burning of this tree in Holika-dahan, which is an important festival of North India, is jeopardizing its survival in the tribal dominated Udaipur district of Rajasthan. An ethnobotanical survey carried out revealed that about 1,500-2,000 trees or branches of B. ceiba were cut and burnt during Holi festival in the villages around the city. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop some sustainable conservation strategies and create awareness among rural and urban communities in order to preserve such a tree of immense medicinal value.
Page(s): 638-644
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.08(4) [October 2009]

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