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Economic Botany Section

Akinnubi, Funmilola Mabel [1], Oladipo, Olaniran Temitope [2], Akinloye, Akinwumi Johnson [2].

Ethnobotanical and Floret studies on Twelve Species of the family Asteraceae in Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria.

Ethnobotanical and floret studies were carried out on 12 species of family Asteraceae in Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria. The aim was to assess the extent of use of medicinal plants by the tribal and local people and to determine the importance of floret number in the taxonomy of the members of family Asteraceae. Data were gathered through interviews and structured questionnaire to show that the tribal and local people utilize different plant species for treatment of diseases. In this study, 12 species with etnobotanical values were identified as being used by the local people as food, fuels, and medicine. Floret study was done by studying 25 capitula each from 20 plants of each species. Capitula at anthesis were harvested randomly from the species planted in garden and screen house. Each capitulum was dissected by means of a pair of forceps and mounting needle to detach the florets from the receptacle. The detached florets were counted to know the number of florets contained in each capitulum. Data were subjected to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) with Post hoc test for significant differences among the species at pVernonia amygdalina to 91.64 in Crassocephalum crepidioides. Conclusively, this study shows that combination of ethnobotanical and floret studies are important taxonomically in classificatory and delimiting the twelve species studied.

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1 - Obafemi Awolowo University, Botany, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Ile-Ife, N/A, 234, Nigeria
2 - Obafemi Awolowo University, Botany, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ile-Ife, OS, 234, NIG


Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 4
Location: Salon 2/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 8:45 AM
Number: 4004
Abstract ID:134
Candidate for Awards:Economic Botany Section best student paper

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