Preferences help
enabled [disable] Abstract
Number of results
2017 | 70 | 2 | 140-157
Article title

Ethnobotanical Survey of Commonly Used Medicinal Plants in Northern Cross River State, Nigeria

Title variants
Languages of publication
An ethnobotanical survey of commonly used medicinal plants was carried out among the people of Northern Cross River comprising five Local Government Areas (Ogoja, Yala, Bekwarra, Obudu and Obanliku) in Cross River State, Nigeria through the use of oral interview using short structured questionnaires. Those interviewed included herbalist (native doctors) and herbal medicine sellers. The survey was to identify commonly used medicinal plants in these areas and how these medicinal plants are sourced and used. Results obtained from the survey show that a total of 110 plant species belonging to 43 families were identified as commonly used medicinal plants in the study area. The commonly used medicinal plants are mostly sourced from uncultivated land, communal (unprotected) and protected forests and farm lands. The survey revealed some of the local uses of these plants and the different ailments they can cure.
Physical description
  • Department of Botany, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
  • Department of Botany, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
  • Department of Botany, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
  • [1] Aiyeloja, A. A., Bello, O. A., Educational Research Review 1 (2006) 16-22
  • [2] Muthu, C., Ayyanar, M., Raja, N., Ignacimuthu, S., Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2 (2006) 43
  • [3] Gupta, V. K., Singh, G. D., Surjeet-Singh, A., Kaul, B., Medicinal plants: phytochemistry, pharmacology and therapeutics. Deva Ram Park, Tri Nagar, Delhi, Days Publishing House (2010).
  • [4] Edeoga, H. O., Okwu, D. E., B. Mbaebie, B. O., African Journal of Biotechnology 7 (12) (2005) 685-688
  • [5] Ncube, N. S., Afolayan, A. J., Okoh, A. I., African Journal of Biotechnology 7 (12) (2008) 1797-1806.
  • [6] Shittu, I., Emmanuel, A., Nok, A. J., Journal of Parasitology Research
  • [7] Ody, P., The complex medicinal herbal. New York, Dorling Kindersley Limited, 1993.
  • [8] Nitta, T., Arai, T., Takamatsu, H., Inatomi, Y., Murata, H., Linuma, M., Tanaka, T. Ito, T., Asai, F., Ibrahim, I., Nakanishi, T., Natabe, K., Journal of Health Science 48 (2002) 273-278
  • [9] Falsetto, G., The practice of plant medicine: Herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy and aromatherapy. (2009).
  • [10] Bussmann, R. W., Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2 (2006) 35
  • [11] WHO. World Health Organization fact sheet no. 271. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (2002).
  • [12] Choudhary, K., Singh, M., Pillai, U. Amer-Euresian Journal of Botany 1(2) (2008) 38-45
  • [13] Gurib-Fakim, A., Molecular Aspects of Medicine 27 (2006) 1-93
  • [14] Musa, M. S., Abdelrasool, F. E., Elsheikh, E. A., Ahmed, L. A. M. N., Mahmoud, A. L. E., Yagi, S. M., Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 5 (17) (2011) 4287-4297
  • [15] NIMET. Nigerian Meteorological Agency Agrometeorological Bulletin no. 36. Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Abuja, Nigeria (2015).
  • [16] Collins, A. R., AM Journal of Clinical Nutrition 81 (2005) 2615-2675
  • [17] Krishnaiah, D., Sarbathy, R., Bono, A., Biotechnology Review 1 (4) (2007) 97-104
  • [18] Dery, B. B., Otsyina, R., The 10 priority medicinal trees of Shinyanga, Tanzania. Agro Forestry Today 12 (1) (2000) 9-10
  • [19] Ekanem, A. P., Udoh, F. V., ACS Symposium Service 1021 (2009) 135-147
  • [20] Sofowora, E. A., The state of medicinal plants research in Nigeria. Ibadan University Press, Ibadan, Nigeria (1984).
  • [21] Omosun,G., Okoro, I. A., Ekundayo, E., Ojime lukwe, P. C., Ibe, O., Advance Medicinal Plant Research 1 (2) (2013) 39-44
  • [22] Kayode, J., Aleshinloye, L., Ige, O. E., Ethnobotanical Leaflets 12 (2008) 164-170
  • [23] Ampitan, T. A., Comparative Journal of Herbal Medicinal Plants 2 (1) (2013) 7-11
  • [24] Igoli, J. O., Igwe, I. C., Igoli, N. P., Journal Herbspice Medicinal Plants 11 (3) (2003) 82-87
  • [25] Ugbogu, O. A., Akinyemi, O. D., Journal of Forestry Research and Management 1 (2004) 83-93.
  • [26] Ohemu, T. L., Agunu, A., Olotu, P. N., Ajima, U., Dafam, O. G., Azila, J. J., International Journal of Medicine and Aromatic Plants 4 (2) (2014) 74-81
  • [27] Igoli, J. O., Ogaji, O. G., Tor-Anyin, F. A., Igoli, N. P. African Journal of Tradition CAM. 2 (2) (2005) 134-153
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.