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Title:Some medicinal plants in Mukono District
Authors:Oryem-Origa, H.
Katende, A.B.
Kakudidi, E.K.Z.
Year:2003
Periodical:Uganda Journal (ISSN 0041-574X)
Volume:49
Period:December
Pages:56-65
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:ethnobotany
traditional medicine
medicinal plants
Environment, Ecology
biodiversity
Mukono District (Uganda)
Abstract:Many local communities often obtain medicinal plants from forest reserves and other ecosystems. They also have a widespread knowledge of plant remedies used in their surroundings. This study documents indigenous knowledge on the utilization of medicinal plants by local communities in Uganda. It is part of an overall ethnobotanical study undertaken by the Department of Botany of Makerere University. The study area is located in Mukono District, 20 km north of Lake Victoria. The study methods included visits to individuals (men and women), communities close to forested areas as well as areas where forests have largely been cleared and replaced with farming activities. The results reveal that 146 species of medicinal plants are used in Mukono District to treat up to 98 varied conditions, broadly divided into general health conditions, female health-related conditions and social situations. For the latter, plants believed to have magical powers are often used. The paper includes a detailed table presenting information on plant family, taxon, local name, habit, habitat, parts used and conditions treated. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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