An ethnobotanical study was carried out to document the uses of wild plants among some local communities of Sicily (southern Italy). We recorded 48 taxa belonging to 45 genera included in 32 families. 30 taxa are used as medicinal plants, 22 taxa as food and 9 for handicraft use. In comparison with other ethnobotanical studies carried out in Sicily and other Italian territories, some uses of the plants reported by the local population in the study area are peculiarities. The analysis of data shows that the level of traditional knowledge on use of plants in province of Palermo is poor, highlighting a considerably advanced state of cultural erosion. The results of our investigation confirm the deep bond that rural communities of Sicily have with plants since ancient times.

Gargano, M.L., Venturella, G., Lazzara, S., Lo Nardo, R., & Saporita, P. (2018). Ethnobotanical knowledge in some rural communities of northern Sicily (Palermo, Italy). ATTI DELLA SOCIETÀ TOSCANA DI SCIENZE NATURALI RESIDENTE IN PISA. MEMORIE. SERIE B, 125, 31-40 [10.2424/ASTSN.M.2017.28].

Ethnobotanical knowledge in some rural communities of northern Sicily (Palermo, Italy)

Gargano, ML
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Venturella, G
Membro del Collaboration Group
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2018

Abstract

An ethnobotanical study was carried out to document the uses of wild plants among some local communities of Sicily (southern Italy). We recorded 48 taxa belonging to 45 genera included in 32 families. 30 taxa are used as medicinal plants, 22 taxa as food and 9 for handicraft use. In comparison with other ethnobotanical studies carried out in Sicily and other Italian territories, some uses of the plants reported by the local population in the study area are peculiarities. The analysis of data shows that the level of traditional knowledge on use of plants in province of Palermo is poor, highlighting a considerably advanced state of cultural erosion. The results of our investigation confirm the deep bond that rural communities of Sicily have with plants since ancient times.
Settore BIO/02 - Botanica Sistematica
Settore BIO/03 - Botanica Ambientale E Applicata
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Gargano, M.L., Venturella, G., Lazzara, S., Lo Nardo, R., & Saporita, P. (2018). Ethnobotanical knowledge in some rural communities of northern Sicily (Palermo, Italy). ATTI DELLA SOCIETÀ TOSCANA DI SCIENZE NATURALI RESIDENTE IN PISA. MEMORIE. SERIE B, 125, 31-40 [10.2424/ASTSN.M.2017.28].
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