Medicinal Plants of Ada’a District, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia


Ethnobotany of medicinal plants in Ada’a District, East Shewa Zone of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

Kefalew A, Asfaw Z, Kelbessa E
J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2015 Apr 2;11(1):25
PubMed Central PMC4419563

Investigators at Addis Ababa University conducted an ethnobotanical study in Ada’a District in Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia to identify and document medicinal plants and the ethnomedicinal knowledge of the local people.

The authors note that this is the first ethnobotanical documentation work in the district and that there “is a clear need to conduct ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in the area, to look into and compile relevant information and to document them before the plants become too scarce to capture the knowledge of the indigenous people.”

Allium sativum
Allium sativum [source: Wikimedia Commons, William Woodville: „Medical botany“, London, James Phillips, 1793]
Using guided field walks, semi-structured interviews and direct field observations, the team documented 131 medicinal species including Allium sativum, Rubia cordifolia and Ruta chalepensis. A number of the plants are listed threatened, near-threatened or vulnerable on IUCN Red lists.

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