Diversity of medicinal plants of Ratanpur region of Bilaspur district (Chhattisgarh)
Ravi Shankar Singh and Sushil Kumar Shahi
Forest has been the source of invaluable medicinal plants. These medicinal plants have the potential to provide a green health alternative. Ratanpur is located in the Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. The forest of Ratanpur region has a rich diversity of medicinal plants. It is surrounded by forest and hills. The present paper deals with the diversity of medicinal plants of Ratanpur region. A total of 118 medicinal plant species belonging to 101 genera under 45 families recorded from the forest of Ratanpur region. Out of these 54 were herbs, 21 were shrubs, 31 were tree and 12 were climber species. Euphorbiaceae is the most dominant family during present investigation. All plants are enumerated with Botanical names followed by vernacular names, family, habit, plant part used and medicinal uses. Different part of these plants has been widely used to cure various ailments by local inhabitants in their daily life.