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Global and local in folk plant knowledge: allochthonous plants in Catalan ethnobotany

AuthorsGras, Airy CSIC ORCID ; Brunés, Mireia; D'Ambrosio, Ugo; Gómez, Carlos; Parada, Montserrat; Garnatje, Teresa CSIC ORCID CVN ; Vallès, Joan
KeywordsMedicinal plants
Issue Date4-Jun-2017
Citation58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany (2017)
AbstractOur research team is gathering the folk knowledge on plants in the Catalan linguistic area since more than 30 years. Apart from many names and uses referred to autochthonous plants, we have faced from the beginning comments such as “this has been always used” referred to plants that have come, in more or less ancient times, from elsewhere, not being at all rare that informants talk in these terms of an allochthonous plant. In some cases, people do know that the plant they alluded to comes from elsewhere, but in some others this is not so clear, and we have the perception that, in general, people consider “their” plants both those naturally growing in their geographical area and those introduced by any means. Following these arguments, we have conducted a metaanalysis in our database, containing information on popular names and uses of more than 1,600 plant taxa, coming from more than 1,100 informants, in order to know the reach of allochthonous plants in ethnobotany in the Catalan language territories, and to study some of their aspects. As a first step, in this study we have limited the search to medicinal uses of vascular plants. We have detected 181 allochthonous taxa with medicinal uses claimed by our informants, roughly meaning 11% of all the taxa present in the database. As for use reports, those referring to allochthonous plants are 9,433, accounting for 27% of all those recorded. This comprises all kinds of non-autochthonous plants, such as introduced, naturalised, invasive and even those plants or plant parts purchased in the commerce. In any case, the number of both taxa and use reports are relevant. Their names, properties, parts employed and other aspects are discussed in this communication.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado en el 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany: Living in a global world: ethnobotany, local knowledge and sustainability, celebrado en Braganza (Portugal), del 4 al 9 de junio de 2017
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