Plant Diversity ›› 2009, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (06): 520-528.doi: 10.3724 SP.J.1143.2009.09103

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An Analysis Model for the Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants

ZHUANG Hui-Fu1 , 2 , WANG Yu-Hua1   

  1. 1 Laboratory of Ethnobotany of Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650204 , China ;
    2 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 , China
  • Received:2009-05-25 Online:2009-12-25 Published:2009-12-25
  • Contact: WANG Yu-Hua

Abstract: Based on the analysis of medicinal plants use , we proposed a Pattern-Path Model (PPM) to explore the development process of medicinal plant use . To test this model, 549 medicinal plant species recorded in Chinese Pharmacopoeia (2005 version) were analyzed to understand the sustainability of medicinal plants in China . Our results show that among
medicinal plant species in Chinese Pharmacopoeia, 79% are more or less used with sustainable supply, but 21% with unsustainable supply . The current trends of increasing domestication and plantation of medicinal plants are partly promoted by resource scarcity (40% of used species are threatened or being exhausted before plantation prepared) . The conclusions
from PPMquantitative analysis further supported existing practices about resource assessment and cultivation program of medicinal plants in China , so PPM can be applied more to provide bases for resources management decision-making .

Key words: Medicinal plants

CLC Number: 

  • Q 948