An ethnobotanical study was carried out to collect information on the use of Zingiberales by the tribal people of Piravanthur, Kuriyotumala, Achankovil, Ariankavu, Urukkunu, Kulathupuzha areas of Kollam District, Kerala. Information presented in this paper was gathered from five major tribal groupvizMalaipandaram, Kanikaran, Malavedan, Ulladan and Malakuravan.
The studies include botanical collections, group discussions, direct interaction and personal interviews. A total of 18 ethnobotanically important plant species distributed in 5 families (Zingiberaceae, Marantaceae, Costaceae, Canaceae and Musaceae) were documented. The plants used by these five major tribal groups are listed with botanical name, family, local name, parts used and uses. The data obtained were subjected to analysis such as informant consensus factor and use value. The information obtained from the study will be useful for further studies and developing new drugs.
Keywords: Ethnobotany, Kollam, Malaipandaram, Kanikaran, Malavedan, Zingiberales