Wild edible plants used by Thakar tribe of Gautala- Autram Ghat sanctuary, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra state, India
Deshmukh RR, Khyade MS
The present investigations reports the first hand information about wild edible plants used by Thakar tribe of Gautala – Autram Ghat sanctuary, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra, India. The ethnobotanical survey was conducted among the Thakar tribe of Gautala-Autram sanctuary, through semi structured interview and field survey during June 2008 to August 2010. Data was collected through a combination of tools and technique of questionnaire, focused group interview and discussion. Information about collection, use of wild edible plants, preparations thereof, religious significance and folk tales related to sustainable harvest of plant parts was recorded. The edible value of 25 wild plant species recorded in study area is represented in present paper along with use value index and cultural importance index for each species calculated with standard algorithm proposed by by Phillips and Gentry. Our study revealed that.