Accepted 2nd November, 2015


The present study reports the folk medicinal uses of the roots of plants growing on the Banaras Hindu University main campus which spreads over 1,350 acres of land area. A total of 14 plant species of 14 genera belonging to 13 families were recorded on the university campus whose roots are therapeutically used against different ailments by rural population residing in villages nearby university campus. Fabaceae is the dominant family of the plants on the university campus (whose roots are used as folk medicines). Roots of herbaceous plants are medicinally more useful than the roots of shrubs and undershrubs.


Keywords: Banaras Hindu University, Folk medicines, Plant roots