"Field workers in ethnobotany and anthropology come across different local names
of plants in different regions and localities and find it difficult to relate them with
their botanical identity. The present book covers over 26000 tribal and rural local names
documented from original research papers based on field work in the country in the last
sixty years and provides corresponding botanical identity of the plants. Most of the local
names are endemic to small regions and different from common Hindi or regional names.
This book will solve a long standing problem for field workers especially non-botanists
and ground level scholars and also sociologists, anthropologists, phiologists,
ethnographers, geography scientists, rural developmental officers, forest officers,
cooperative society, NGO's dealing with tribal and rural welfare as well as for foreign
tourists in determining botanical identity of plants through local names encountered
during their travel in various parts of the country."