Collecting Plants in Cabataibo Village

May 19, 2020 | Jerry Black | |

Voucher specimens of botanicals are kept in herbarium collections in order to verify species and to note the distribution and habitat ranges of each species. This database is also valued for ethnobotanical studies long after traditional peoples have stopped using native plants or altered their living habits. Today, environmental and cultural pressures contribute directly to the loss of indigenous heritage. This almost always includes the loss of medicinal plants and priceless ethnobotanical data. This hard-won data has been empirically proven after centuries of diligent studies by indigenous physicians who lived in contact with the natural ambiance.

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