Journal of Applied and Natural Science 1(1):66-70(2009)
Premature harvesting of wild Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum, Baker) and its impact on raw material quality: A case of Katni forest division, Madhya Pradesh
Manish Mishra* and P. C. Kotwal
Faculty of Ecosystem Management and Tech. Forestry
Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Nehru Nagar, Bhopal- 462003 (M.P), INDIA
*Corresponding author. E-mail: email@example.com
Abstract : Katni is a major raw medicinal plant market of Central India. An attempt has been made to find out prevalent harvesting method of Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) and visual inspection of raw (dry) market samples collected from Katni market. Musli tubers were found adulterated both intentionally and unintentionally by various stakeholders in the market. The stakeholders adopted malpractices like selling similar looking C. tuberosum, C. arundinaceum species of musli along with genuine (C. borivilianum) material and occasionally dried roots of different species. Major reasons for poor quality in the study area are premature root harvesting, mis-identification of species, mixing of similar looking species etc. The study recommends that harvesting should be done after maturation (November) and awareness about species identification, processing among various stakeholders is required.
Keywords : Harvesting, Musli, Chlorophytum borivilianum, Adulteration, Raw material