Main Article Content


Arunachal Pradesh is known as land of rising Sun which is the biggest in terms of area-wise amongst the state of north east India.The region has 26 major tribe; each tribe has its own enormous indigenous knowledge on the uses of wild plants. Among the tribe, Adi community is one of the major tribe inhabited in the region which has its own habitual way of using horticultural (vegetables) resources for sustaining livelihood. Most of the plants are also ethnically important without wich diverse rituals and festivals (Solung) of adi community remain unfinished. The current servey was under taken interviewed through planned questionaire. In our investigation among 25 wild species, 5 species belong to the Solanaceae family which was found to be most widely used family followed by Apiaceae, Rutaceae, Urticaceae and Araceae. Investigation on the basis of plant parts used reveals that the edible parts of the plants such as 6 species found to be widely used though leaves followed by 3 species fruits and 3 species whole plants besides these other plant parts like young tender leaves, tender stalks, petioles, rhizome also has been observed. This study is aim to initiated the basic information of these valuable herbs vegetable species for popularizing in future. These can compete with the best vegetables if appropriate study is initiated for production and ethanomedicine improvement.


Arunachal Pradesh Adi tribe East Siang Ethanobotany Traditional Vegetables

Article Details

How to Cite
Chandra Deo, M. R., Deo , C. ., Wangchu, L. . ., Sarma , P. ., Singh , A. K. ., & Dobhal , S. . (2021). Ethnobotany of indigenous (Traditional) vegetables in Adi tribe of East Siang region of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Environment Conservation Journal, 22(3), 299–307.


  1. Agarwal, K.C. (1999). Biodiversity.Agro-botanical publishers, Bikaner, 144.
  2. Burhingame, B. (2000). Comparison of Total Lipids, Fatty Acids, Sugars and Non Volatile Organic Acids in Nuts from. Castanea, 99-100.
  3. Deb, D. B., & Dutta, R. M. (1971). Contribution to the flora of Tirap Frontier Division, India. Bombay Natur Hist Soc J.
  4. Dhar, O. N., & Nandargi, S. (2004). Rainfall distribution over the Arunachal Pradesh Himalayas. Weather, 59(6), 155-157. DOI:
  5. Gemedo-Dalle, T., Maass, B. L., & Isselstein, J. (2005). Plant biodiversity and ethnobotany of Borana pastoralists in southern Oromia, Ethiopia. Economic Botany, 59(1), 43-65. DOI:[0043:PBAEOB]2.0.CO;2
  6. Grivetti, L. E., & Ogle, B. M. (2000). Value of traditional foods in meeting macro-and micronutrient needs: the wild plant connection. Nutrition research reviews, 13(1), 31-46. DOI:
  7. Haridasan, K., & Rao, R. R. (1985). Forest flora of Meghalaya. Dehra Dun India.
  8. Hooker, J.D. (1872-97). Flora of British India, Vol I-VII.International Book Distributors, Dehradun.
  9. Jain, S.K. & Rao, R.R. (1977). A handbook of field and Herbarium methods. Today & Tomorrow’s Publishers, New Delhi.
  10. Kanjilal, U. N., Kanjilal, P. C., & Das, A. (1934). 1940. Flora of Assam, vol. I–IV. Calcutta: Government of Assam.
  11. Modi, M. (2007). The Millangs. Himalayan Publishers, Itanagar & New Delhi
  12. Pandey, A.K. (2008).Underutilized vegetable crops.Satish Series Publishing House, Azadpur, Delhi, p. 366.
  13. Panigrahi, G., & Joseph, J. (1966). A Botanical tour to Tirap Frontier Division, NEFA (India). Nelumbo-The Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India, 8(2), 142-157.
  14. Sarmah, R. (2010). Commonly used non-timber forest products (NTFPs) by the Lisu tribe in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Sibsagar college teachers research journal, 5, 68-77.
  15. Srivastava, R. C. (2009). Traditional knowledge of Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh on plants.
  16. Sundriyal, M., & Sundriyal, R. C. (2004). Wild edible plants of the Sikkim Himalaya: Nutritive values of selected species. Economic Botany, 58(2), 286-299. DOI:[0286:WEPOTS]2.0.CO;2