Plant Diversity ›› 2015, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (06): 891-902.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201515071

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The Investigation on Utilization of Wild Medicinal Plants in Dietary Culture of Quanzhou, Southern Fujian

 HUANG  Xiu-Zhen-1, ZOU  Xiu-Hong-2   

  1. 1 Department of Pharmacology, Quanzhou Medical College, Quanzhou, Fujuan 362000, China;
    2 Forestry Bureau of Yongchun County, Yongchun, Fujian 362600, China
  • Received:2015-04-23 Online:2015-11-25 Published:2015-08-04
  • Supported by:

    福建省教育厅2012年科技项目B类 (JB12318)


An ethnobotanical survey on the medicinal plant species marketed in Quanzhou, southern Fujian, was conducted in order to document traditional medicinal knowledge and application of medicinal plants in dietary. In addition to literature review, data was obtained using ethnobotanical tools and methods, including personal interviews during field trips, collecting herbarium specimens, and species identification by crossreferencing. The results showed that: 1) There are 148 wild medicinal species, belonging to 56 plant families and 117 genera present in Quanzhou, southern Fujian. Among them, 46 species are edible wild herbs, 37 species are medicinal plants, 38 species are used as tea substituting plants or herbal tea,22 species are wild fruits, 4 species are used as spices and 1 species is used to make bean jelly; 2) The plant families which comprise a major part of the pool are Compositae, Lamiaceae, Rosaceae, Leguminosae, Rubiaceae, Liliaceae, Orchidaceae and Moraceae; 3) This study explored the utilization of the medicinal plants in Quanzhou area, and proposed methods to inherit the culture of using wild plants in dietary, as well as methods to conserve the edible medicinal wild plant resources.

Key words: Fujian Quanzhou, Southern Fujian dietary culture, Wild medicinal plant, Inheritance and utilization, Medical Ethnobotany

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