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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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Nowadays European ethnobotanists analyse community-shared and traditional knowledge of plants and their usage (ecocultural commons), which developed in the interactions of humans with the landscape surrounding them (Svanberg et al.
In the late 1990s ethnobotanist PauIn the late 1990s ethnobotanist Paul Alan Cox visited the indigenous Chamorro people of Guam, sleuthing for cancer cures in the lush rainforest.
One of the best known is that of Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist who wrote The Serpent and the Rainbow in 1985.
A Harvard-trained ethnobotanist, Davis began his career as a plant explorer before his investigations into folk preparations linked to the creation of zombies in Haiti resulted in his bestselling The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis and Magic and a film spinoff.
He learned a great deal from his mother, whom he describes as an ethnobotanist who was able to identify and collect plants to use as food and medicine for her children and the family's animals.
James Wong and the Malaysian Garden (BBC Two, 8pm) IN THIS one-off programme, ethnobotanist and garden designer James Wong travels to Malaysia in search of inspiration for his Chelsea Flower Show entry.
Davis is at his most absorbing when he draws on his training as an ethnobotanist and anthropologist, revealing and interpreting for us the intricacies of the many cultures he knows intimately from his travels.
Saif Al Hatmi, ethnobotanist at the project, said, "It is not easy to look after a tree that is a 100 years old
Most notably, in March 1975, Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist, who affixed his impressions of the ritual of zombification in Passage of Darkness among other texts, traveled to Haiti under The Zombie Project (funded by the Botanical Museum at Harvard) to retrieve the drugs used to create the victims of zombification.
The show is presented by James Wong, an ethnobotanist, which means he studies how people use plants.