Importance of Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw. (Athyriaceae) on the lives of local ethnic communities in Terai and Duars of West Bengal - a report.
Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw. or 'Dheki Shak' is used as a nutritive leafy vegetable by the local communities of Terai and Duars parts of West Bengal. From our study and previous literatures it was found of having very important ethnobotanical value. The people of lower socio-economic communities rely mainly upon the collection and selling of this plant during the summer and monsoon season in the study area. The step wise photographs from field to market are represented here along with the ethnobotanical uses by different communities across India.