Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part B (2017)
Poisonous pasture plants of Sathyamangalam hills, Tamil Nadu
Author(s): Pavithra Chinnasamy, Sarvalingam Ariyan, and Rajendran Arumugam
Abstract: The present paper attempts to provide poisonous aspects of 100 plants widely distributed in Sathyamangalam forest area of Tamil Nadu. The poisonous response of a particular plant broadly comes and two categories allergic reaction or accidental consumption. In order to escape from the predators, plants produce a number of defense characteristics such as excessive secondary metabolites, thorns, spines, bad odor etc., but it will cause some unusual effects on animals which feed on them. It’s because of pasture lands are existing with these type of plants. The most of the farmers from the study area are aware of the poisoning effect of plant species. The interview is made assembling all the farm land holders in a place and information on the poisonous effect of the plant is collected. They even experienced these incidents with their own livestock. Collected information indicates the severity of poisonous plants is very low but they may cause some chronic difficulties like diarrhea, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, mouth sores. An example of acute toxicity plants are Abrus precatorius seeds causes coma and death as like Nerium oleander, Jatropha curcas, Ricinus communis seeds will also cause severe results when animals consume it excessively but consumption of a few seeds will only cause digestive problems. Actually, the poisonous plants are rich in secondary metabolites so may the activity over medicinal treatment is considerably high. Sometimes the poisonous plants are used for food purposes after processing it. The poisonous plants occasionally used for suicidal purposes so it clearly shows that the peoples are little aware of the effect of plant and plant parts. So keeping all this in mind the study is carried out in Sathyamangalam hills to explore the effects and plants parts of poisonous plants. The objective of this study is to perceive about the poisonous plants in pasture lands. It will give suggestions to the negative causes of a particular plant species and the necessary to remove it from farmlands. The knowledge of the specific poison and its mode of action will aid in trying to treat specific poison causes.
How to cite this article:
Pavithra Chinnasamy, Sarvalingam Ariyan,, Rajendran Arumugam. Poisonous pasture plants of Sathyamangalam hills, Tamil Nadu. Int J Herb Med 2017;5(2):86-90.