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/eth·no·bot·a·ny/ (-bot´ah-ne) the systematic study of the interactions between a culture and the plants in its environment, particularly the knowledge about and use of such plants.


Herbal medicine
The field of alternative healthcare that formally studies the relationship between plants and a population, in particular the medicinal use of plants by an ethnic group. The ethonobotanical approach to drug discovery is more efficient than random searches for plant-derived agents of therapeutic interest; drugs so discovered include aspirin (Filipendula ulmaria), codeine (Papaver somniferum), ipecac (Psychotria ipecacuanha), pilocarpine (Pilocarpus jaborandi), reserpin (Rauvolfia serpentina), theophylline (Camelia sinensis) and vinblastine (Cantharanthus roseus).


(ethnō-botă-nē )
A study of the role of plants in the life of early humankind.

ethnobotany (ethˈ·nō·bˑ·t·nē),

n study of how societies perceive and categorize plants and use them for food, medicine, and ritual.
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While the majority of contributors are anthropologists, also included are an agronomist, a linguist and an ethno-botanist.
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Ethno-botanist Lucile Housley will use diaries and records of early trappers, explorers, and botanists, and examples of the interactions of the tribal peoples and their environments to discuss Native American plant uses in the Oregon territory at the time of European contact with the Pacific Northwest.
The event will feature a garden exchange and backyard sale, a guided tour of the Native Garden, a native plant sale, a discussion by ethno-botanist Richard Bugbee, live music and more.