Contents: Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Ethnobotanical uses of plants. 2. Glossary cum index to uses. 3. Ethnic groups in India. 4. Ethnobotanists. 5. Index to families. 6. Index to local names. 7. Literature.
This dictionary is a glossary of the ethno botanical work done in India. It instantly informs a reader whether a particular folk use is already reported from India or not. The book has exhaustive indices and over 40, 000 cross references.
The main text deals with over 2500 plants giving their folk uses for medicine food other material culture like dyes and tans, mythology and other symbolic relationships the related plant part, region of India source of information and local names.
A glossary-cum-index provides definitions of therapeutic ethno botanical and other terms, and lists of genera under over 200 utility categories, like anthelmintic aromatic, diuretic, fibres, skin diseases, taboos, worship, etc. (jacket)