Ethnobotanical Study of Medicinal Plants in Doyogena Woreda Kembata Tembaro Zone Snnpr Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


An Ethnobotanical study on medicinal plants was conducted in Doyogena woreda, SNNPR, Ethiopia from September 2019 to June 2020. The purpose of the study was to organize and document information on use, management and conservation of medicinal plants by indigenous and local people of Doyogena woreda, SNNPR, Ethiopia. Data were collected from 90 informants from 9 kebeles by using semi-structured interview, participant observation, group discussion and guided field walk. Purposive sampling was employed to select the study site as well as the informants. A total of 67 species of medicinal plants that belong to 57 genera and 29 families were gathered. The family Asteraceae was represented by the highest 11 species, followed by Lamiaceae, 8 species. The majority of Doyogena woreda’s medicinal plants were herbs (40) followed by shrubs (15). The studied medicinal plants were those used in traditional health care of humans and livestock. 52.24% of those medicinal plants were collected from home gardens of the area. The medicinal plant preparations were administered through oral, dermal and nasal routes. Plant parts used for remedy preparations were leaves, roots, fruits and barks. The majority of the remedies (82.09%) were prepared in the form of juice from freshly collected plant parts. The study indicated that men, older people and illiterate ones had better knowledge on medicinal plants use as compared to women, younger people and literate ones, respectively. In conclusion the results of the present study showed that Ruta chalepensis was the most preferred species for the treatment of abdominal pain and Eucalyptus globulus was the most widely used multipurpose species. The major threatening factor of medicinal plants in the study area was agricultural expansion. In order to protect biodiversity and loss of indigenous knowledge, local communities must be trained and involved in conservation and management of plant resources and indigenous knowledge.



Doyogena, Abdominal Pain, Healer, Knowledge Transfer, Agricultural Expansion