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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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Investigation of in-vitro Anthelmintic Potential of Fruits of some Ethnobotanically Important Trees of Punjab, Pakistan.
Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activities of an Ethnobotanically Important Plant Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz of District Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Plant materials: Ethnobotanically claimed medicinal plants of Pakistan were collected from different areas as mentioned in table 1.
Inhibition of diverse human pathogenic fungi by ethnobotanically selected plant extracts.
Ethnobotanically, some species of the genus Caralluma have been used as traditional and modern dietary ingredients to suppress appetite [1].
29] during the evaluation of Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of an ethnobotanically important plant Notholirion thomsonianum from District Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Ethnobotanically the plant is used to cure scabies and skin diseases.
15] while investigating the potential of the ethnobotanically important plants of Ethiopian origin.