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Mapuche medicinal plants: Proposition in their propagationAuthor(s): Paz Ovalle; Zoia Neira; Patricio Nunez
Source: In: Dumroese, R. K.; Riley, L. E.; Landis, T. D., technical coordinators. National proceedings: forest and conservation nursery associations-1999, 2000, and 2001. Proceedings RMRS-P-24. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 358-363
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Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe Mapuche (native indians from Chile) population is one of the largest populations of native indians left in America (approximately 1 million). As many of the other Native communities, they continuously struggle to maintain their rituals and customs. One of the most valuable customs for the Mapuche is the use of medicinal plants. All these plants are native plants from the southern area of Chile and some of them are now hard to get. Two workshops were done with a group of Machis (Mapuche medicine woman), in order to determine the species they used the most and the scarcity status of these plants. From a list of 24 species, 10 were found in the red book of endangered species from the Government of Chile. A proposal for future work in propagating these species is given at the end of the paper.
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CitationOvalle, Paz; Neira, Zoia; Nunez, Patricio. 2002. Mapuche medicinal plants: Proposition in their propagation. In: Dumroese, R. K.; Riley, L. E.; Landis, T. D., technical coordinators. National proceedings: forest and conservation nursery associations-1999, 2000, and 2001. Proceedings RMRS-P-24. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 358-363
Keywordsmedicinal plants, Mapuche, Machi, endangered species, propagation, medicinal plants
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