Weed flora of tea plantations of Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya, India with a glimpse on its ethnobiological value
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Recent survey on the weed flora of tea ecosystem of Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya has recorded 66 weed species belonging to 51 genera under 31 families. This was the first attempt to explore the weed flora of tea plantations of Meghalaya. Two species namely Bidens pilosa L. and Clerodendrum paniculatum L. are reported for the first time from the tea plantation of North East India. Regarding family-wise contribution Poaceae contributing highest number (14) of species followed by Asteraceae (10), Cyperaceae (5), Lamiaceae (4), Amaranthaceae (2), Caesalpiniaceae (2), Malvaceae (2), Polygonaceae (2), Solanaceae (2) & Schizaeaceae (2). Other families are having single representative. 23 weed species have been identified as ethno-biologically important. Local Khasi tribal peoples use these weeds as folk medicine against various diseases and other purposes.
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