List of Publications
11. Pendem SAIDULU, Sateesh SUTHARI, Ramesh KANDAGATLA, Ragan AJMEERA, Raju S. VATSAVAYA*- Ethnobotanical Knowledge Studied in Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary, Telangana, India- Not Sci Biol, 2015, 7(2):164 -170
Details of abstracts:
1. Bangladesh J. Plant Taxon. 18(1): 57-63, 2011 (June)- THE IDENTITY AND OCCURRENCE OF PHYLLANTHUS HOOKERI MUELL.-ARG. AND P. NOZERANII ROSSIGNOL & HAICOUR (EUPHORBIACEAE) IN INDIA by VATSAVAYA S. RAJU*, S. SUTHARI AND A. RAGAN
Abstract – There are 16 species of Phyllanthus subgenus Phyllanthus reported from India. The present paper adds two more species that are invasive weeds in the paddy fields and on forest floors, namely Phyllanthus hookeri Muell.-Arg. and P. nozeranii Rossignol & Haicour of sect. Urinaria subsect. Urinaria of Phyllanthus. The former is somewhat woody and perennial whereas the latter is slender and monsoonal. The presence of these two taxa in India was brought to light in 1987 by Rossignol et al. based on the herbarium specimens collected earlier to 1863 and deposited at Paris from northeastern and southeastern India. Whilst Phyllanthus hookeri is overlooked or underrated by the taxonomists, P. nozeranii is misidentified and considered conspecific with P. urinaria L.
2. Ethno-botanico-medicine for common human ailments in Nalgonda and Warangal districts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, India by Nallella Sreeramulu, Sateesh Suthari, A Ragan and Vatsavaya S Raju*- Annals of Plant Sciences, 2013, 02 (07), 220-229-
Abstract: The paper deals with 249 taxa which are used as ethno-botanico-medicine for common human ailments including injuries, bites, stings, etc. by the local people in Nalgonda and Warangal districts of Andhra Pradesh. The sources of plant medicine comprise four ferns and 245 angiosperms (220 Magnoliopsida and 25 Liliopsida) representing 199 genera of 89 families. Majority (87.5%) of these are from the wild, native forest species and arboreal. The plant parts used are leaf (32.9%) stem bark (20.9%), root (11.4%), whole plant (8.4%), fruit (7.5%), tuber/bulb/rhizome (6.8%), flower (5.5%), seed (3.3%) and stem (3.3%). The species used for treating human ailments (66) are grouped into 15 categories. The plant medicines used are mostly one species against a disease (142 species), or two (45), three (44), four (13), and to a maximum of five (5). As many as 29 species are used for a single health problem, i.e. boils while there is only one (not the same) plant species is used for 11 diseases. Of the two districts, Warangal is not only rich in area under forest cover, plant diversity and the ethnic people but also has more in reserve as traditional botanical knowledge over Nalgonda.
3. JoTT Short Communication 4(15): 3426–3432- Ecology and conservation status of canebrakes in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh, India by Sateesh Suthari & Vatsavaya S. Raju
Abstract: The article describes cane-cum-bat roost site at Palampet (Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh, India). Although notified as a cane reserve by the state government, it is not spared off the usual habitat depletion and destruction. The functional pyramid formed of Calamus-Terminalia-Pteropus is reported here as first of its kind. This article also places on record seven more cane sites besides noting the importance of the ecology of Morancha Vagu and stressing the need for preserving its banks by planting Calamus rotang L. Ecological education to the local people about biodiversity value and conservation at all levels of its organization is called for.
4. Intracultural Cognizance of Medicinal Plants of Warangal North Forest Division, Northern Telangana, India by Sateesh Suthari, N. Sreeramulu, K. Omkar, C.S. Reddy, and Vatsavaya S. Raju- Ethnobotany Research & Applications 12:211-235 (2014)-
Abstract– Differences in the traditional botanical knowledge of Koya communities inhabiting Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary (Warangal North Forest Division) are investigated. Eighteen villages (16 within the wildlife sanctuary and two outside it) were selected to test the null hypothesis that there exist no cognitive differences among the ethnic inhabitants in their ability to recognize the plants and recall the vernacular names and medicinal uses since they are recipients of the same dry deciduous forest ecosystem services. The Koyas were found to use as medicine 237 species in 66 angiosperm families. Analyses of data gathered from villagers showed that there is significant intracultural diversity in terms of taxonomic groups and growth forms in regard to utilizing the proximate plant resource for their primary healthcare and disease treatment of pets.
5. ‘Galijeru’ as the Ayurvedic drug Vrshabhu: Assessing Admixture Problem and Proper Identification by Sateesh Suthari, Srinivas Kota, V. Anil Kumar, P. Nataraj Kumar, A. Sadanandam and Vatsavaya S. Raju*- Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Biology (ISSN: 0972-9720), 7 (3): 127-134, 2011-
Abstract-There exists confusion on the true identity of ‘tella’ and ‘erra’ galijeru which constitute the ayurvedic crude drug Vrshabhu (as antioxidant, vermifuge, diuretic, uteralgia, oedema in the liver and spleen, for cough, rheumatism, etc.), green (leafy) vegetable or when the roots of these are used as substitute for “punarnava” (Boerhavia species). ‘Galijeru’ is the Telugu vernacular used for the species of Eclipta (Asteraceae), Trianthema and Zaleya (Aizoaceae). ‘Gunta’ (pit or shallow area) ‘galijeru’ or ‘galagara’ is Eclipta prostrata. The species and the infraspecific categories of Trianthema and Zaleya are discriminated by using the prefix “tella” (white, sveta/sweta, saphed, vellai, etc.), and “[y]erra” (lal, red) to Galijeru. Sweta punarnava also often has a mix-up with Alternanthera pungens (Amaranthaceae). These problems manifested largely due to (i) identification of the root drug plants with above ground parts, (ii) influx of allied, similar looking exotics, their naturalization and sympatric distribution with the actual-drug yielding plant species, and (iii) the want of knowledge of their distribution and nomenclature. The need to avoid the mix-up or adulteration for the efficacy of the drug is apparent. An attempt was made to characterize the ingredients (actual and adulterants) morphologically and with the aid of PCR. The genetic relatedness between the crude drug and its adulterants was evaluated by ISSR markers.
6. Indian Journal of Plant Sciences ISSN: 2319–3824(Online)- An Open Access, Online International Journal – 2014 Vol.3 (1) January-March, pp.86-100/Suthari et al.-
THE CLIMBING PLANTS OF NORTHERN TELANGANA IN INDIAAND THEIR ETHNOMEDICINAL AND ECONOMIC USES by Sateesh Suthari, Nallella Sreeramulu, K. Omkar and *Vatsavaya S. Raju-
ABSTRACT– The medicinal and economic uses of climbing plants of five northern districts of Telangana, southern India are documented in the survey during 2008-2011. The climbers enumerated represent 204 specific and infra-specific taxa pertaining to 132 genera of 50 angiosperm families and two ferns. The climbing plants are of nine types of which the most dominant are twiners (55.39%), followed distantly by tendril climbers (19.12%), scramblers (15.68%) and branch climbers (4.90%). Far less in numbers (2-1%) are root climbers (1.47%), leaf climbers, hook climbers and watch-spring climbers (0.98%), and petiole climbers (0.50%). Of the climbers enumerated, 76% are wild and the rest either cultivated or naturalized. Northern Telangana proved to be a potential botanical province of a natural resource through climbers
which are being used as medicinal plants, edibles, fodder, fiber, bio-fencing elements, insect repellants and ornamentals.
7. FLOWERING PLANT DIVERSITY AND ENDEMISM IN INDIA: AN OVERVIEW by Vatsavaya S. Raju*, C. S. Reddy1 and Sateesh Suthari- ANU J. Nat. Sci. 2(1), 27-39 (2010)-
Abstract: An overview of the flowering plant diversity and endemism in India is attempted. India is one of the megadiversity nations in the world. It has about 19,530 species of flowering plants of which 5400 are endemic. It forms one (Hindustan Region) of the Vavilovian Centers for agrobiodiversity having contributed 167 species to the world of agriculture. India is the home for 320 species of wild relatives of crops and has 16 major forest types diversified into 221 minor forest types. A bird’s eye view of flora of India, biogeographic zones, vegetation types, forest types, floristic richness, species abundance of the top ten angiosperm families and families of aquatic and insectivorous plants, list of extinct Angiosperms, endemism in regard to States and Union Territories, and the names of 25 hot spots are provided.
8. JoTT Note 3(1): 1462-1464 (20110- On the identity and occurrence of Ophioglossum costatum (Pteridophyta: Ophioglossaceae) in Andhra Pradesh, Indiaby Vatsavaya S. Raju, A. Ragan, S. Suthari & M.V. Ramana
9. Journal of Natural Sciences June 2014, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 77-93- ISSN: 2334-2943 (Print) 2334-2951 (Online)- Environmental Assessment of Climate of a Habitat Through Floristic Life- Form Spectra, a Case Study of Warangal North Forest Division, Telangana, India by Vatsavaya Satyanarayana Raju, Parankusham Gopal Krishna and Sateesh Suthari
Abstract : The phytospectrum of a natural habitat, a watershed in the Godavari Valley (Telangana, India) occupied by the tropical deciduous forest, was studied. The study provided the baseline data, after laying 35 quadrats through stratified sampling to determine the floristic life-form spectra for the three distinct forest zones delimited through the remotely-sensed integrated data. The floristic spectral data thus obtained were used to compare and contrast the vegetation types within the southern tropical deciduous forest type, structured along the environmental gradients and shaped by the ecological factors. Dansereau’s climate inference, using Raunkiaer’s life-form proportions and their ranges provided for tropical climate, was tested whether it could be predictive of the climate of the tropical deciduous forest ecosystem. The available literature on the phytoclimates of life-forms in the tropical climate was reviewed to comprehend the diversity of the tropical forest ecosystems. The phytoclimate of the tropical deciduous forest ecosystem is phanerophytic, more precisely phanero-therophytic, underscoring the role of emerging (co-dominant) lifeform through ecological succession. The study further established that the phytospectrum of Raunkiaer can effectively be used to assess the bioclimate of even the microscale sites apart from making out how the environmental factors can moderate the vegetation of a site. The study finds the phytoclimate for the life-form chamaephytes which was not realized earlier by Raunkiaer, and suggests that the floristic life-form spectra are of use for identifying the forest types, fixing their floristic affinities and change detection.
10. Journal of Plant Studies Vol. 1, No. 1; March 2012- Diversity of NTFPs and Their Utilization in Adilabad District of Andhra Pradesh, India by Kanneboyena Omkar, Sateesh Suthari, Samata Alluri, Ajmeera Ragan & Vatsavaya S. Raju
Abstract Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh is a backward district, with 37.72% of geographic area under forest cover and inhabited by 17.08% ethnic people who use the local tropical dry deciduous forests to extract Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) for self-consumption and economic subsistence. The analysis of NTFPs in six forest divisions of Adilabad district, viz. Adilabad, Bellampalli, Jannaram, Kagaznagar, Mancherial and Nirmal reveals the use of consumptive category of goods like wild food plants, honey, oils, fodder, etc. on one hand and the non-consumptive items like gums, resins, gum-resins, dyes, wax, lac, fibers, fuel wood, charcoal, fencing material, brooms, wildlife products, raw materials like bamboo and cane for handicrafts, etc. besides the medicinal plants. The NTFP diversity shows the cognitive ability of the people while the products extracted belong to 183 flowering plant species which represent 149 genera of 64 families (164 Magnoliopsida; 19 Liliopsida). The Legumes dominate the list with 31 taxa, followed by Rubiaceae (11) and Euphorbiaceae (7). Most of the NTFP species are phanerophytes (61% trees) and indigenous. The government of Andhra Pradesh has a procurement policy and price index for select NTFPs by which the stakeholders get reasonable seasonal income through the collection and sale of beedi leaf, gums (karaya, thiruman, konda gogu), stem bark (narra
mamidi), fleshy corolla (ippa), fruits (karakkaya, kunkudu), seeds (chilla, mushti, morli), etc.
11. Ethnobotanical Knowledge Studied in Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary, Telangana, India by Pendem SAIDULU, Sateesh SUTHARI, Ramesh KANDAGATLA, Ragan AJMEERA, Raju S. VATSAVAYA* – Not Sci Biol, 2015, 7(2):164 -170-
Abstract A survey was conducted in 31 fringe villages of Pocharam wildlife sanctuary, Telangana, India, during 2010 to 2012, in order to explore and document the ethnobotanical knowledge of Yerukulas and Lambadis communities. There was revealed the use of 173 Angiosperm species. The pattern of the plant use as per habitat (terrestrial/aquatic), habit (growth form), plant part (organ) and taxonomic category (families), nativity and occurrence (wild/cultivated) were established. Dicots contribute more than Monocots to the medicinal and ethnobotanical use. This might be due to the species strength in the region. When the plant use-data were analyzed, trees contributed with 68 uses, followed by herbs (51), climbers (32) and shrubs (22). Perhaps this was a reflection of the floristic composition and the prevailing Phanero-therophytic climate. Out of the 173 plant taxa that were noted as being utilized by the ethnic people in the sanctuary, the greatest number (154; 89.1%) were indigenous and wild. The introduced species were the crops under cultivation and planted. Although the local people use plants for various purposes, they largely serve medicinal scopes (83.24%) and for subsistence (21.96%).