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Naming Consistency for Forest Plants in Some Rural Communities of Northeast Thailand

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Title: Naming Consistency for Forest Plants in Some Rural Communities of Northeast Thailand
Authors: Wester, Lyndon
Yongvanit, Sekson
Keywords: ethnobotany
plant taxonomy
folk taxonomy
forest trees
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type collections
indigenous knowledge

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Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Wester L, Yongvanit S. 2006. Naming consistency for forest plants in some rural communities of northeast Thailand. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 4:203-212.
Abstract: Consistency of naming forest plants was subjected to a field test in a rural community of Northeastern Thailand. Local experts supplied names for a set of trees and vines in a surveyed plot. Results showed a high level of agreement among the informants for more than half of the plants and less than 10% of the plants were not named consistently by the majority of informants. Disagreement on names largely took the form of non-responses or degrees of specificity. In general, vines and immature understory plants produced the greatest diversity of opinion. Of the names collected, 53% were recorded in standard botanical references but about half were linked with more than one Latin binomial, often in different families. Many false links could be quickly resolved if voucher specimens of the plants were compared with herbarium specimens.
ISSN: 1547-3465
Appears in Collections:2006 - Volume 4 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications

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