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Poster Session

Kim, Hui [1].

Quantitative ethnobotany in South Korea - Diversity of useful plants as a function of species richness.

From 2007 to 2011, Korea National Arboretum conducted ethnobotanical survey and published several books of ethnobotanical data for the whole country, South Korea. Ethnobotanical information was obtained through informed consent semi-structured interviews with 1,514 informants. Informants with a sound traditional knowledge of useful wild plants, mostly elderly long-time residents, were interviewed. Using the methodology of quantitative ethnobotany allied to the ecological parameters (species richness, species abundance distribution) the following results were obtained: 749 inventoried species gathered in 127 families, presented from 1 to 26 means of use in country. The largest use of the plants is related to edible plants in order to be used in herbs, salaries, and spice. The largest use value was attributed to the Plantago asiatica L. (Plantaginaceae). The most frequent species were Artemisia indica Willd. (Asteraceae), Plantago asiatica L. (Plantaginaceae), Kalopanax septemlobus (Thunb.) Koidz. (Araliaceae), Pinus densiflora Siebold & Zucc. (Pinaceae), Morus alba L. (Moraceae), and Aster scaber Thunb (Asteraceae). To characterize the relationships between use plant species richness and species richness of the local flora at provincial level. For nine provinces, useful species richness tends to increase with species richness at local floristic richness. The recognition of patterns and process of ethnobotanical diversity provides a first step in identifying relationships amongst local botanical knowledge and external conservation priorities.

1 - Mokpo National University, Department of Medicinal Plants Resources, Younsan-ro 1666, Muan, Jeollanam-do, 58554, Republic of Korea

quantitative ethnobotany
species abundance distribution
species richness.

Presentation Type: Poster
Abstract ID:70
Candidate for Awards:None