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Decalepis arayalpathra (J. Joseph & V. Chandras.) Venter, an endemic and endangered ethno medicinal plant from Western Ghats, India

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Sunil K. Vermaa and Manoj K. Sarkarb,*
a,* Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 500 007, India
b,* Chief Conservator of Forests, Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, India.

* Author for correspondence: sunilverma@ccmb.res.in (SKV), mks@biogov.in (MKS)

Nat Prod Res. 2014 Aug 18:1-2.2014

Abstract:

Decalepis arayalpatra is an endemic and critically endangered plant of India. May 2014 issue of Natural Products Research publishes the findings of R. S. Verma et al. on the chemical composition of Decalepis arayalpatra. This study was conducted to characterise the root aroma of this plant for possible industrial applications. The authors suggest that due to its peculiar vanilla flavour, the plant could be explored as a potential substitute of vanillin-aroma in the flavour industry. Owing to the fact that Decalepis arayalpatra is a critically endangered plant species, and its habitat is now limited to only the protected areas and reserve forest in southern part of India; and that collecting any plant from such reserve forests for commercial activities is illegal as per the law of the country, this specific conclusion of the authors is totally un-substantiated by the law of land, hence, calls for further review.

Keywords
Decalepis arayalpathra, Endemic plant of India, Critically Endangered plant of India, Vanilla flavour

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Sarkar, M. K. A Framework for Strategic Management of Medicinal Plants. IIM Management Review, 2005, pp 17-30. Via:  biogov.in/?p=352

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