Plant Diversity ›› 2012, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (01): 93-100.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2012.11124

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Ethnobotanical Survey of Medicinal Plants at Periodic Markets of Autonomous County of Gongcheng Yao in Guangxi

 CAO  Ming-1、2, CAO  Xiao-Yan-1, CAO  Li-Min-3, XI  Shi-Li-1   

  1. 1 Guangxi Institute of Botany, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guilin 541006, China;
    2 South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, China;
    3 Department of Chemistry and Life Science of Gannan Normal College, Ganzhou 341000, China
  • Received:2011-08-26 Online:2012-02-25 Published:2011-12-30
  • Supported by:

    国家自然科学基金 (30860023、31160064);中国科学院植物资源保护与可持续利用重点实验室开放基金 (200915)


Gongcheng is the second largest county in Guangxi with about 163000 Yao population. Periodic Markets are important places for trading of medicinal plants harvested by Gongcheng Yao villagers. The study aimed to look into the marked traded medicinal plants that are used by local people for curing various ailments. Ethnobotanical market survey methods, interviews, Participatory Action Research (PAR) and field visits were planned to elicit information on the uses of various medicinal plants. It was found that 71 plant species in the market which belong to 41 families are commonly used by local people for curing various diseases,  all species are wild plants. A total of 133 records of medical uses in 52 herbal recipes for the treatment some common diseases. In most of the recipes recorded, digestion diseases, respiratory system diseases, infectious diseases,rheumatological diseases and surgery are used. The traditional knowledge about the number of medicinal plants available in that area and used by interviewees was positively correlated with the threats on medicinal plants in the wild habitats of the research area, which indicating that the diversity of wild medicinal plants and the associated traditional knowledge trends to disappear in the area.

Key words: Traditional market, Traditional uses, Medicinal plants, Ethnobotanical survey, Gongcheng, Guangxi

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