Identification, Survey And Assessment Of Rare Plants Database Generation System Of The Flora Of Manipur For Ethnobotanical Resea

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Ethnobotany and Plant Physiology Laboratory Department of Life Sciences Manipur University

Identification, Survey and Assessment of Rare plants Database Generation System of the Flora of Manipur for Ethnobotanical Research

P. K. Singh
Ethnobotany and Plant Physiology Laboratory
Department of Life Sciences Manipur University
Canchipur, Imphal 795 003, Manipur, India
E-mail: kumar_potsangbam@yahoo.co.in

ABSTRACT
Manipur state is a part of Manipur, Nagaland, Orogenic Belt flanked in the east by the Central Myanmar Basin. The Indo- Myanmar ranges come into existence due to collision of the Myanmar Plate with Indian Plate. Manipur is located at the confluence of the two plates. The region has been the Vivilovion Centre of Biodiversity hot spots of the country i.e. Indo-Burma diversity hot spots of global significance. The region ranks in the 8th amongst the 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world. Flora of Manipur was studied according to the rare plants database generation system (RPDGS). Plants were categorized in their utility: wild-edible, traditional-medicine, socio-religious, poisonous, abstract value, etc. This study leads us to new or less known herbs of traditional importance, fines clues for new material for ethnobotanical research, and provides a new data. Plants were also categorized according to their status ranging from common, rare, endangered, vulnerable, threatened, extinct in the wild, etc. and their population density in distribution were also incorporated. There is need also for research work in improving the yield of important plants especially of those which are in great demand. This data will be should be based on the quantification regarding the availability and demand of plants on the basis of their experience and knowledge. Conservation (in-situ and ex-situ) of rare
species facing extinction, exploration of scientific cultivation of certain plants in greater demand for regeneration and import substitution/export will be helpful for future.