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Medicinal Plants from La Mesa de Los Indios, Municipio Campo Elías (Estado Mérida, Venezuela)

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Author(s): Gil Otaiza, Ricardo | Carmona Arzola, Juan | Rodríguez A., María C.

Journal: Plantula
ISSN 1316-1547

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Ethnobotanical | Ethnomedical | Medicinal Species | Municipio Campo Elías | Mesa de los Indios

ABSTRACT
A sample of 30 medicinal species is presented product of an ethnobotanical and ethnomedical research carried out in the town of Mesa de los Indios (La Mesa de Ejido), Municipio Campo Elías del Estado Mérida, in the State of Mérida. Species were gathered all along the different farming settlements and urban areas. The botanical samples were processed at the MERF herbarium of the Pharmacy and Bioanalysis Faculty of Universidad de Los Andes: pressed, dried, taxonomically identified and labeled. The information obtained was classified, systematized and compared to the existing information, and the samples collected were finally deposited in the previously-mentioned herbarium. Relevant material as far as medicinal vegetable species not commonly found in existing bibliography was obtained, as well as contributions of common names, uses, parts of the plants used, preparation methods and dosage. Many of the collected species were grown at the Medicinal Plant Garden of the Pharmacy and Bioanalysis Faculty.
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