Present book is a systematic compilation of information on thirty four lesser known
and underutilized species. Covered species have restricted distribution in specific ecosystems
of India and have potential to be utilized as novel sources of food, medicines, industrially
important compounds, natural colourant, breeding material, rootstock etc. Information on
various aspects has been presented in a structured and comprehensible manner. This will help
in sustainable utilization of these futuristic genetic resources. Considering limited scattered
information available on most of the species, authors have enriched the chapters by including
first-hand information from own experiences. A number of endemic species, which have not
been explored scientifically so far, have also been covered to help them understand better.
Contributions from various ecosystems have been included to make the book interesting and
geographically balanced. Overall, the book is a sincere attempt to introduce some of the
lesser known and underutilized horticultural species of India to the students, researchers and
academicians working on various aspects of biodiversity.