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Title: Euphorbia pulvinata Marloth: A useful succulent plant species in Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Authors: Ramarumo, Luambo Jeffrey
Maroyi, Alfred
Tshisikhawe, Milingoni Peter
Keywords: Euphorbia pulvinata;Succulent;Traditional knowledge;Tshiḓitshinzhi;Vhembe biosphere reserve
Issue Date: Jan-2019
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.18 A01N 43/40, A61K 9/00, A61K 36/00
Abstract: The use of Euphorbia pulvinata by the Vhavenḓa tribe in Vhulaudzi and its adjacent villages has been part of their tradition, culture and enhancing their livelihood for centuries. The current study aimed at documenting ethnobotanical uses of E. pulvinata in Vhulaudzi and adjacent villages, Nzhelele, Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Data on ethnobotanical uses of the species was collected through interviews using semi-structured questionnaires. A total of 120 participants took part in the current study, including nine traditional healers, herbalists (21), avifaunal hunters (11), subsistence farmer (31) and laypersons (48). The fidelity level of the six E. pulvinata uses ranged from 5.8 to 35.8%. The recorded uses of E. pulvinata included the use of latex as glue (5.8%), insect-lime (17.5%) and birds-lime (35.8%), and other uses included ethnoveterinary medicine (25%), ornamental (9.2%), ritual and magical (6.7%). Plant parts used were latex (59%), followed by root (25%), whole plant (9%) as well as thorns and flowers (7%). Traditional uses and values of E. pulvinata are important in addressing livelihood and socio-economic challenges in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. These findings provide baseline data needed for the management and regional re-assessment of the conservation status of E. pulvinata.
Page(s): 122-126
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.18(1) [January 2019]

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