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|Title:||<i>Decalepis hamiltonii</i> Wight & Arn. — An endangered source of indigenous health drink|
|Abstract:||NATURAL PRODUCT RADIANCE<i>Decalepis hamiltonii</i> Wight & Arn. (Family <i>Asclepiadaceae</i>)<i> </i>is an endemic and endangered plant of Andhra Pradesh. A herbal health drink from its roots is prepared by <i>Yanadi</i> tribe of the area. The plant is a liane, locally called <i>Maredu kommulu</i> or <i>Barre sugnadhi</i> or <i>Maredugaddalu</i> (Telugu). It grows in between the rocks and places where there is thick vegetation. Milky latex is present in the entire plant. Each root is 5-10 cm in diameter and 4-10 roots arise from the rootstock. A 2-3 year old plant produce 15-20 kg of roots and one year old plant produces 1-2 kg of roots. Roots are harvested during summer months mostly by the <i>Yanadi</i> tribe of Chittoor district and it is the main source of income to them until the agricultural works resumes.|
|ISSN:||0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||NPR Vol.3(1) [January-February 2004]|
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