Niyamgiri hills, the abode of the primitive Dongria Kandha tribe in southwest Orissa, is a unique forest ecosystem harbouring a rich flora and vast natural resources. The present ethnobotanical study concerns some 20 species of orchids including 16 epiphytes and 4 terrestrials that are used by the Dongarias of the Niyamgiri hill range to treat 33 kinds of diseases. This paper also discusses some of the threats to the orchids of this hill region, as well as some very serious problems regarding their conservation.
Dash, P. K.; Sahoo, Santilata; and Bal, Subhasisa
"Ethnobotanical Studies on Orchids of Niyamgiri Hill Ranges, Orissa, India,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2008
, Article 9.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/9