Traditional medicinal plants in two urban areas in Kenya (Thika and Nairobi) : Diversity of traded species and conservation concerns

dc.contributor.author Njoroge, Grace en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-08T20:58:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-08T20:58:35Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract In Kenya there is a paucity of data on diversity, level of demand and conservation concerns of commercialized traditional medicinal plant species. A market study was undertaken in two urban areas of Central Kenya to identify species considered to be particularly important in trade as well as those thought to be scarce. The most commonly traded species include: Aloe secundiflora Engl, Urtica massaica Mildbr., Prunus africana (Hook.f.) Kalkm, Melia volkensii Gürke and Strychnos henningsii Gilg. Aloe secundiflora, P. africana and Strychnos henningsii were found to be species in the markets but in short supply. The supply chain in this area also includes plant species already known to be rare such as Carissa edulis (Forssk.) Vahl and Warburgia ugandensis Sprague. Most of the suppliers are rural herbalists (who harvest from the wild), while only a small proportion of the raw materials come from domesticated species. Key challenges facing the herbal industry in the region were identified and presented. en_US
dc.format.extent 10 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Njoroge G. 2012. Traditional medicinal plants in two urban areas in Kenya (Thika and Nairobi): Diversity of traded species and conservation concerns. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 10: 329-338. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23565
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 Traditional medicinal plants in two urban areas in Kenya (Thika and Nairobi) : Diversity of traded species and conservation concerns en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
local.identifier.alturi http://www.ethnobotanyjournal.org/vol10/i1547-3465-10-329.pdf en_US
local.identifier.callnumber DU624.65 .E84 en_US
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