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dc.contributor.author Silcock, Jenny Lesley en_US
dc.contributor.author Tischler, Max en_US
dc.contributor.author Smith, Mike en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-08T20:57:36Z en_US
dc.date.available 2012-08-08T20:57:36Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Silcock JL, Tischler M, Smith M. 2012. Quantifying the Mulligan River Pituri Trade of Central Australia. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 10: 37-44. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23546 en_US
dc.description.abstract Pituri (Duboisia hopwoodii (F. Muell.) F. Muell.) (Solanaceae) is a narcotic shrub which grows in the parallel dune fields of the Simpson Desert of far south-western Queensland, Australia. The ethnographic literature points to an impressive scale of trade of pituri between Aboriginal groups across inland eastern Australia, and suggests total annual production of 2500-3000 kg of dried plant material. However, there has been no attempt to assess the feasibility of these figures, or investigate the number of pituri plants required to sustain such a scale of trade. We mapped the distribution and density of D. hopwoodii along four one km wide transects, totally 130 km in length. Our results suggest that the population of pituri west of the Mulligan River could number around 36,000 mature plants. Ninety randomly selected plants were measured, and the foliage of six of these was harvested and dried. Plants yielded between 0.15 and 6.68 kg of dry matter. Our 90 measured plants would have yielded around 155 kg of dried pituri. Therefore, between 1450 and 1740 plants would be required to sustain the purported level of trade and use. With knowledge of the location of dense pituri groves and highly efficient expeditions, harvesting this number of plants is feasible. However, numerous questions remain surrounding the ecological and ethnographic aspects of the pituri trade. en_US
dc.format.extent 8 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject Hawaiians--Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Hawaii--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Plants, Medicinal--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Quantifying the Mulligan River Pituri Trade of Central Australia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
local.identifier.callnumber DU624.65 .E84 en_US
local.identifier.alturi http://www.ethnobotanyjournal.org/vol10/i1547-3465-10-037.pdf en_US

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