Plant Diversity ›› 2015, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (2): 209-213.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201514065

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Ethnobotanical Survey on Traditional Knowledge of Hodgsonia macrocarpa, Xishuangbanna, SW China

 WANG  Chen-1、2, ZHANG  Ling-Ling-1, WANG  Yu-Hua-1   

  1. 1 Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China;
    2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2014-04-15 Online:2015-03-25 Published:2014-06-11
  • Supported by:

    科技基础性工作专项;西南民族地区重要工业原料植物调查 (2012FY110300)


Hodgsonia macrocarpa, commonly known as lardfruit, is a perennial woody vine belongs to family Cucurbitaceae. Since the food value of its kernel was reported in the early 20th century, increasing studies have been focused on the introduction and cultivation of the wild populations and chemical analysis of the edible kernel oils. While its ethnobotanical details about local nomenclaetures, gathering techniques, form of consumption and folk resouce management are left unclear. In this study we collected these ethnobotanical data from 8 ethnic groups by conducting field survey in 23 ethnic villages in Xishuangbana. Methods including key informants interview and group discussion were used for recording the traditional medicinal and culinary knowledge of lardfruit. The results show an unexpected diversity of their folk names, which indicate the long history of folk uses. The baked edible kernel is favored by all the 8 ethnic groups. The root, stem, leaf, fruit and seed are widely used as herbal medicine for the treatment of intestinal diseases and skin ailments. The diverse folk names and multiple medicinal uses practice among different ethnic groups indicate that they exploited this plant resource in various perspectives for culture, economic and social reasons.

Key words: Lardfruit, Hodgsonia macrocarpa, Ethnobotany, Traditional knowledge, Xishuangbanna

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