Celastrus paniculatus, Willd. from mandsaur district
Journal Title:International Journal of Medical Studies
Celastrus paniculatus, Willd. is an important medicinal plant of India, commonly found in Himalayan Tracts, Central India, Western and Eastern Ghats, Bihar, Orissa and Middle and South Andaman’s. C. paniculatus is commonly known as malkangani, kangani, jyotishmati, climbing staff plant and oriental bitter sweet tree, used by various tribes of India for the treatment of various diseases. Owing to the ever-increasing demand from the pharmaceutical industries and also the traditional systems, this plant is at high risk in India. Malkangani was reported as vulnerable in Amarkantak and Kerar ghati area, Bandhavgarh and Panpatha area Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, Kerala and in Western Ghats. It was reported as critically endangered in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand while near threatened in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and least concerned in Maharashtra. We found this plant growing wildly in “Takhaji” and “Hinglajgarh” forest area of Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. This plant was not reported earlier by any researcher or even forest department inspite of the fact that the reported areas come under reserve forest. The present study was aimed to:
-Survey of medicinal plants available in the area.
-Medicinal plants used by local people and tribes of the area.
-Special attention was given to those plants which had already reported endangered from Madhya Pradesh and other states.
Keywords: Celastrus paniculatus, Willd., Critically Endangered, Last Concerned, Medicinal Plant, Near Threatened, Pharmaceutical Industry, Traditional System, Vulnerable