Ecology, Knowledge and Conservation of Medicinal Plants in Peninsular Malaysia

Author

Chee B.J. & Shamsul K.
Medicinal PIant Programme, Forest Biotechnology Division. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, 52109
Kepong, Selangor
Biodiversity Unit, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
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Language

English

Title

Ecology, Knowledge and Conservation of Medicinal Plants in Peninsular Malaysia

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)

Date

22nd October - 22nd October 2008)

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

This study was conducted in eight states of Peninsular Malaysia on the abundance, distribution and knowledge of medicinal plants. Several forest types were surveyed including various disturbed and undisturbed habitats. Over 235 medicinal plant species from 160 genera and 73 families were utilized by local healers. Late succession, primary and river bench forests contained the highest diversity of locally-utilized medicinal species and the greatest number of species was restricted to a single forest type. Epiphytes and trees restricted to primary forests were particularly important sources of plants used to treat unusual ailments. A 100% survey on village residents 15 years of age and older (N = 32) revealed that people older than 25 years of age, females in particular, possessed greater knowledge of medicinal plants and their uses than the younger people and males. All residents, except the male healers, were more knowledgeable about medicinal plants found in early succession forests than those of primary forests. Commercial logging and the loss of traditional knowledge through acculturation posed twin challenges to the persistence of traditional usage of medicinal plants in this village and throughout the Peninsular

Keywords

Medicinal plants; forest types; species; abundance and distribution; traditional knowledge

Session

Poster Abstracts

Topic

Think Global, Act Local: A New Paradigm In Malaysian Herbal Industry (Prof. Emeritus Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim-UNISEL)