Plant Diversity ›› 2013, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 497-500.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201312161

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Ethnobotanical Survey of Use of Inula nervosa (Compositae)

 贺安娜1、2、3, 佘朝文2、3   

  1. 1 Department of Life Science, Huaihua University, Huaihua 418008, China; 2 Key Laboratory of Research and Utilization of
    Ethnomedicinal Plant Resources of Hunan Province, Huaihua 418008, China; 3 Key Laboratory of Xiangxi
    Medicinal Plant and Ethnobotany of Hunan Higher Education, Huaihua 418008, China
  • Received:2012-11-29 Online:2013-07-25 Published:2013-02-26
  • Supported by:

    湖南省科技计划一般项目 (2013NK4108);湖南省科技计划重点项目 (2012FJ4064)


Inula nervosa is a plant in the Compositae family which is conventionally used by many ethnic groups as a folk medicine. We conducted field surveys and a literature review to compare the ways in which I.nervosa is used by different ethnic groups. We found that in the Hunan Tongdao region of China, it is uniquely used as a medical drug for the treatment of cuts and bruises. The results of our survey showed that there is a large demand for the plant, but its propagation is difficult and consequently its availability has dropped to a low level. We propose that research on the introduction and cultivation of I.nervosa should be increased, together with further analysis of its uses and potential for increased utilization.

Key words: Ethnobotany, Inula nervosa, Utilization

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