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Endangered Plant Protection Laws India has one of the oldest, richest and most diverse cultural tradition deeply associated with the use of various parts of medicinal plant for curing several diseases. Due to growing demand of medicinal plant produce at national and international level made the availability of many species of wild medicinal plant under threshold of extinction. The adverse effect of various anthropogenic activities likes destruction and loss of forest habitat; over exploitation of forests for commercial purposes and illegal trade in precious medicinal plant produce made the present position very alarming. Although, there is legislation enacted for the protection of plant species available in India, but very few people are aware of it. In "wild life protection act 1972" itself there is a separate provision enlisted in schedule VI for plant species by Govt. of India. Besides the above there are many laws in India for protection of wild flora out of which convention on international trade in endangered species of wild flora & fauna (CITES); Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act 1992; Export Import Policy; Plant Fruit and seeds (regulation of import into India) order 1989 and convention on Biological diversity (CBD) are the main laws. 1.