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An Ethnobotanical Study of the Swamp Wetland Vegetation of Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

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Title: An Ethnobotanical Study of the Swamp Wetland Vegetation of Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
Authors: Mulei, Josephine
Otieno, Donald
Onkware, Augostino
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Mulei, J., Otieno, D., Onkware, A. 2014. An Ethnobotanical Study of the Swamp Wetland Vegetation of Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 12: 315-324.
Abstract: Ethnobotanical knowledge associated with wetland plants in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya, was assessed and documented. Data on the uses of plants, their local names, and parts used were collected through semi-structured interviews. Fifty wild plant species distributed across 45 genera and 23 families were cited as having traditional uses in the area. Of these, 26 were used as fodder, 14 as medicine, 12 as firewood, 9 as food, and 11 for construction. Some, like Cyperus papyrus L. and Acacia seyal Delile, had multiple uses. Thirty-one plants (62%) of the total recorded were herbs, 13 (26%) shrubs, 3 (6%) trees, and 3 (6%) climbers. Various plant parts were used for different purposes. Medicinal plants were useful in treating a total of 19 ailments and had various methods of preparation.
Pages/Duration: 10 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/34003
ISSN: 1547-3465
Appears in Collections:2014 - Volume 12 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications



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