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The Ethnobotanical Study of an Edible Freshwater Red Alga, Lemanea fluviatilis (L.) C.Ag. from Manipur, India

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Title: The Ethnobotanical Study of an Edible Freshwater Red Alga, Lemanea fluviatilis (L.) C.Ag. from Manipur, India
Authors: Bhosale, Rahul A.
Rout, Jayashree
Chaugule, Bhupal Baburao
Keywords: Hawaiians--Ethnobotany--Periodicals.
Ethnobotany--Hawaii--Periodicals.
Plants, Medicinal--Periodicals.
Ethnobotany--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Bhosale RA, Rout J, Chaugule BB. 2012. The Ethnobotanical Study of an Edible Freshwater Red Alga, Lemanea fluviatilis (L.) C.Ag. from Manipur, India. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 10: 69-76.
Abstract: An ethnobotanical study of an edible fresh water red alga Lemanea fluviatilis (L.) C.Ag. was carried out in the Thoubaldistrict of Manipur State, India. The alga locally known as nungsham, due to its hair like growth on stone, grows profusely in the rocky and shallow river beds of the Chakpi and Manipur rivers. In earlier reports, the alga was misidentified as Lemanea australis. Harvested by the women of the Meitei, Kuki and Kuki-Chin-Mizo communites, the sun dried alga is sold in the local market. The dried filaments are eaten with major meals. A total of 23 strategically selected informants have been interviewed through structured questionnaires to obtain indigenous knowledge about the alga and its uses. Detailed morphological and reproductive features are described to reveal the correct taxonomic status of the species. Some ethnopharmacological information is also incorporated.
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23549
ISSN: 1547-3465
Appears in Collections:2012 - Volume 10 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications



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