Tribal, forest dwellers and rural people of Chhotanagpur plateau in India, call abrupt fire in forest as ‘Agia Vaital’. This may be anthropogenic, but in traditional myths, it is believed as natural. Pygmaeopremna herbacea (Roxb.) Mold. is a potential ethnomedicinal plant and every year it suffers with periodic forests fire in summers. The rosettes of two to three pairs of leaves of this stem less herb lies flat on the ground. In hot temperature during summer the blaze of fire, without any human cause has been observed by the people of the region in the forests of the plateau and due to this fact the plant is known as ‘Agia Vaital’. The people’s observation and information based on the plant related with forest fire would be useful for forest management and preservation of the valuable plant species in the wild.
Kumar, Kaushal et al.
"‘Agia Vaital’: The People’s Belief About Natural Fire in Forests and its Link with Pygmaeopremna herbacea (Roxb.) Mold. in Chhotanagpur Plateau, India,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2006
, Article 25.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2006/iss1/25