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Quantitative assessment of the traditional uses of Invasive Alien Plants in Mizoram, an Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot region in India


The present communication enumerates 104 of invasive alien plant species (IAPs) under 83 genera and evaluates the various socio-economic use patterns among the indigenous community of Mizoram. Based on growth form, herbs are most dominant and 39% of total traditional use is based on leaves. Decoction is the most favoured method of preparation of doses while the latex is the least preferred. Solanum torvum with 1.19 has the maximum use value while Gomphrena globosa with 0.07 has the minimum use value.  The study also revealed 35 types of common disorders under 11 ailment categories which were cured by local plants. Amongs various ailments, digestive system disorder is the most common and sexual ailments are the least.  Analysis of use value of traditional used plants is the first of its kind in the state of Mizoram which describes the importance of IAPs in the traditional health care practice and socio-economic status of local inhabitants. The study may be a valuable baseline data for further bioprospecting research on IAPs in the area.


Invasive alien plants (IAPs), Mizoram, Socio-economy, Traditional knowledge, protected areas, hotspot, use value



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