A tropical forest, with its varied life forms, provides an array of resources and services, making life possible on earth. The major beneficial components include food, medicine, clothing and shelter. Plants used in medicine needs much attention as, on one side, they are not fully explored for their medicinal and curative properties, and on the other side, some of them are threatened by habitat loss and over exploitation. Aromatic plants form another potential group, where the aromatic active principles have various applications in the day-to-day life. There are many undocumented medicinal uses of plants among the various ethnic groups that may be indicative and useful in exploring the medicinal potential. Information on the plant wealth of the Walayar Valley is rather scant.
Thus the study is proposed with the following objectives:
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