Plant Diversity ›› 2013, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 443-452.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201312163

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Indigenous Botanical Nomenclature Used by the Zhuang People in Jingxi County, Guangxi

HUANG  Yu-Lv-1, GUO  Zhi-Yong-1, LIU  Yu-Jing-1, WANG  Ye-Ling-1, LUO  Bin-Sheng-1, LONG  Chun-Lin-1、2   

  1. 1 College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081, China;
    2 Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
  • Received:2012-12-03 Online:2013-07-25 Published:2013-01-15


The common plants occurring in Jingxi County, Guangxi, were investigated, based on ethnobotanical approaches. An ethnobotanical inventory that includes 103 plant species, together with local names, was produced and is presented in this paper. The indigenous botanical nomenclature used by the Zhuang people in Jingxi County was analyzed. We concluded that a “folk binomial nomenclature” is used where the “genus” concept includes a plant′s life form or economic features, while the “species” component refers to its characteristics and/or usage. A comparison between the indigenous botanical nomenclature used by the Zhuang people in Jingxi County and the nomenclature used by other ethnic groups in terms of scientific binomial systems was analyzed. A comparative linguistic analysis between Zhuang and Dai showed similarities in type of botanical nomenclature used and also pronunciation.

Key words: Jingxi County of Guangxi, Zhuang people, Indigenous botanical nomenclature, Ethnobotany

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