Effect of leaf harvesting on reproduction and natural populations of Indian Wild Banana Ensete superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman (Zingiberales: Musaceae)

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Mahendra R. Bhise
Savita S. Rahangdale
Sanjaykumar R. Rahangdale


Ensete superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman an important taxon in India is threatened in Maharashtra. It is sporadically distributed on high altitude slopes and rocky cliffs in the Western Ghats. It is an important medicinal and economic plant utilized by people living in rural areas, while the leaves are also utilized in urban areas. The leaves are harvested for commercial purposes. The effect of leaf harvest on natural population with respect to regeneration of new plantlets was evaluated. The results revealed that, non-scientific leaf harvesting resulted in significantly reduced flowering and fruiting, less number of new plantlets in the population, and population degradation. Therefore, leaf harvesting should be practiced in a controlled manner to maintain the population health of this highly potential species.


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