Traditional knowledge of weeds: a study of herbal medicines and vegetables used by the Assamese people (India)

HEMEN SARMA, ANANTA MOHAN SARMA, CHANDRA MOHAN SARMA

Abstract

Field collections of herbal weed plants were conducted and studied. The research study aimed to determine the economic values of some herbal weed plants in Barpeta district used by Assamese communities in traditional purpose. Specifically it aimed to describe the economic value with respect to their use as vegetables and other medicinal benefits. Results of the study revealed 30 species in 22 families of herbal weeds which were collected in the study sites. The herbal weed plants exhibited morphologically were different from each other and were found economically important because of their medicinal values. The traditional knowledge of these weed plants as leafy vegetables and medicine recorded in this paper are hitherto unknown or less known to the world.
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