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Ethnobotanical Survey Of Plant Species Used In Traditional Medicine In Bekaraoka Region, Northeastern Madagascar

Volume 4 - Issue 3, March 2020 Edition
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Author(s)
Micheline Marie Ange Tida, Olinirina Nanjarisoa , Jeanneney Rabearivony, Hery Lisy Tiana Ranarijaona , Taratra Andrée Fenoradosoa.
Keywords
Bekaraoka, Ethnobotany, Madagascar, Northeast
Abstract
Madagascar has one of the highest rates of biodiversity and endemism in the world, but the ethnobotanical reputation of Malagasy flora is still mediocre investigation. This article presents a preliminary study on the use of plants carried out in the village of Bekaraoka located in the North East of Madagascar. With the help of standardized questionnaires, two traditional healers and 175 informants were interviewed on the medicinal use of local flora. 76 species turned out to be used as a medicine by residents the area. Fabaceae Family predominates in number of species. Leaves were most commonly used, with 30,1 % of the plants being used to treat gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach aches). This paper provides new information on medicinal plants from one area of North East Madagascar never investigated for ethnomedicine and may be used as data base and information source for researchers who follow the ethnopharmacology approach.
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