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Title: Gymnocladus assamicus Kanjilal ex P.C. Kanjilal fruit—A soap substitute
Authors: Choudhury, B I
Khan, M L
Arunachalam, A
Arunachalam, K
Keywords: Arunachal Pradesh
Endangered
Conservation
Ethnobotany
Gymnocladus assamicus
Monpa
Seeds
Coffee
Groundnut
Pods
Soap
Adhesives
Substitute
Torgen
Torma
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. cl.8 A61K 8/00, A23L 1/00
Abstract: Gymnocladus assamicus Kanjilal ex P.C. Kanjilal, a leguminous tree endemic to North-East India, bears fleshy pods with tempting smell. Monpa tribal community living in Dirang circle of West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh utilizes its pods as a substitute for soap/detergent required for removing sticky adhesives and consumes roasted seeds as substitute for groundnut and coffee. Peoples also make use of the pods for removing/expelling leeches of their domestic animals. The present paper highlights different ethnobotanical uses of this plant and suggests further study and conservation strategies to revive its natural population.
Page(s): 427-429
ISSN: 0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)
Source:NPR Vol.6(5) [September-October 2007]

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