Present harvesting practices of Siali leaves (Bauhinia Vahlii) and its impact on plant density and regeneration

Bauhinia Vahlii one of the valuable species is a giant climber and also called as Siali in Orissa and "mahul patta" in Madhya Pradesh. Leaves are used for making cups and plates and for wrapping food. The collectors harvest Siali leaves by damaging plant to obtain maximum leaves. Such unsustainable harvesting method led depletion in the growing stock of leaves inn the study area.