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

Sunil K. Verma, Manoj K. Sarkar

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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 D. 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 D. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-395
Number of pages2
JournalNatural Product Research
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • critically endangered plant of India
  • Decalepis arayalpathra
  • endemic plant of India
  • vanilla flavour

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Decalepis arayalpathra (J. Joseph & V. Chandras.) Venter, an endemic and endangered ethno medicinal plant from Western Ghats, India. / Verma, Sunil K.; Sarkar, Manoj K.

In: Natural Product Research, Vol. 29, No. 5, 04.03.2015, p. 394-395.

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