Wild Plants' Use Behaviour in Meru, Kenya

Alfreda Kajira Ibui
2014 Journal of US-China Medical Science  
Ethnobotanical record derived from the interaction between the Meru people and their wild plants reveals a high degree of dependency on medicinal and non-medicinal uses of these plants. The dependency is punctuated by the availability of various plant species growing in the region which humans have interacted with for generations. Indeed environment favourable for equatorial forests where temperatures favour growth of various species of plants help to make this region a pharmacy in waiting.
more » ... hundred and sixty seven plant specimens collected in three districts of the greater Meru region have been reported to be used to heal a wide range of diseases and also fulfil other non-medicinal needs as they provide food, fuel and materials among others. Data collected through structured interviews from respondents in the region reveal significant factors that play major roles in the lives of the people thus influencing their social and cultural behaviour.
doi:10.17265/1548-6648/2014.01.006 fatcat:yupt4dafxraevkjpv3fawfrzg4