An Ethnobotanical Study of Plants among the Sidaama with Special Reference to Medicinal Plants

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Addis Ababa Universiy


The main focus of this study is to document, describe and show the relationship between medicinal plants with their vernacular names. This study attempts to display traditional medicinal plants and their links with some ethnolinguistic issues by taking the Sidaama zone as a case study which is located in the South Eastern Ethiopia. This work is carried on in the Sidaama Zone Aletawendo, Aletachuko and Shebedino districts between March 10,2014 to June 12,2014. The data were collected from 60 people (40 males and 20 females). Except some key informants, other informants were selected randomly. The data were gathered through semi structured interviews, focus group discussion and guided field observation. The ethnomedicinal use of 75 plants which are used as cure in the study area was documented. Plants were collected from both wild and home garden. But most of the medicinal plants were collected from the wild. Parts of plants like leaves, stems, barks, and roots were the most frequently used plants for medicinal purpose. Medical treatments usually can be taken via different mechanisms. In addition to this, in this study plants' names, types, structures, meanings, and their utilities other than medicinal values are also discussed. People who live in rural areas and those under privileged urban communities practice traditional medical treatments. In this particular study what the researcher attempted to show the linguistic properties of medicinal plants names among the Sidaama community. The inquiry may aid other researchers to iii I P age understand the mutually beneficial nature of the disciplines and the value of preserving the environment. Moreover, researches conducted by the triangulation of linguistic / language, culture, medicine and environmental science may help us in better understanding of the contemporary global ecological crisis.



The Sidaama with Special Reference to Medicinal Plants