Pampi Ghosh and Debabrata Das

Seva Bharati Mahavidyalaya, Kapgari, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal (India) and Post Graduate Department of Botany, Darjeeling Govt. College, Darjeeling, W.B. (India) (E mail Id. :


In this communication 50 plant species are reported which are used by the local people of Radhanagar Village in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal. All the species are used primarily for living fences but some species among them are used as fuel wood, fodder or along with production of other Non Woody Forest Produces (NTFPs) even plants as fish stupefying kind. These are the common practices going on traditionally and people use empiric knowledge for those plant parts knowingly or unknowingly from men of old age-practice. Perhaps, the people planted a majority of the plants which are primarily used as fence plants but some of them now flourish and producing quality standard wood. Therefore, a good number of seeds and propagules obviously recorded from those plants which ultimately resemble a nursery bed of nature for long term conservation of species from these relic sites in a sustainable manner.

Key words : Radhanagar Village, living fences, ethnobotanical use, Sustainable conservation.

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