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Poster Session

Pai, Aswini [1], Morrison, Katy [1].

Growing medicinal plants in homegardens: Sanguinaria canadensis in the St. Lawrence Valley.

Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot), a perennial in northeast America, is often wild-crafted for medicinal use.  This medicinal species is also occasionally grown as an ornamental.  We explored populations of S. canadensis grown in homegardens and compared them to naturally occurring forests site populations in the St. Lawrence Valley in Northern New York.  We hypothesized that populations nurtured in homegardens might  have greater rhizome biomass and ramet density due to greater resource availability.  Preliminary analysis data using analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicated that there is a significant difference among all populations with respect to rhizome biomass (P < 0.05), total number of leaves (P < 0.05) and, leaf area (P < 0.001).  Further, there is significant variation in several edaphic variables measured at each of these population locations including moisture (P < 0.001) and canopy cover (P < 0.001). A significant difference (P < 0.05) in rhizome biomass and ramet density among homegarden and forest populations indicates that S. canadensis grown in reflects the favorable microenvironment conditions available in homegardens.

1 - St. Lawrence university, Biology, 23, Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, 13617, USA

medicinal plant.

Presentation Type: Poster
Abstract ID:71
Candidate for Awards:None