Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 14 15:06:25 CDT 2002

     Try "dagaful" (without the "r").  In India, it apparently refers to
certain  members of the lichen genus Parmelia.
           --- Cheers, Ken

>From: Sean Edwards <mzfses at MAIL1.MCC.AC.UK>
>Reply-To: Sean Edwards <mzfses at MAIL1.MCC.AC.UK>
>Subject: Dagarful
>Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 09:51:26 +0100
>Can anybody please help me on the identification of an Indian
>spice sold packeted in the UK as "Dagarful".
>It is a foliose lichen, black underneath with black simple or
>sparsely branched rhizinae (sometimes with fragments of bark still
>attached), and white-grey above, no fruit but with surface
>"erumpent" soralia (pustules), or sometimes swollen sorediate
>margins (maybe two species, but otherwise very similar). Evidently
>harvested in some quantity.
>The associated condimental moss appears to be a species of
>Acrocryphaea (or similar) which might indicate a source other than
>India (Madagascar?) although the packet clearly states "Product of
>India", and "Packed in Jamnagar, India"
>I have contacted the (very helpful) distributors, who don't know what
>it is. All literature and web searches failed.
>Thanks, Sean
>Sean R. Edwards BSc PhD,
>Keeper of Botany,
>The Manchester Museum, Manchester University, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
>'Phone: +44 (0)161-275-2671/2; fax: +44 (0)161-275-2676
>Email: sean.edwards at man.ac.uk
>Website: http://www.museum.man.ac.uk/

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