Economic Botany

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 307–332

Bush medicine in the Exumas and long island, bahamas a field study

  • Joan Eldridge

DOI: 10.1007/BF02862180

Cite this article as:
Eldridge, J. Econ Bot (1975) 29: 307. doi:10.1007/BF02862180


Reports from native informants backed with voucher plant specimens were obtained in a 1969–1970 field study on the Bahama islands of Great Exuma, Little Exuma and Long Island. Over 130 plant species of some 60 families are used within this culture for a wide variety of medicinal purposes. Pertinent background material and personal observations during field work indicated that knowledge of “bush medicine” is fading. The information recorded includes common names of each medicinal plant, uses, and preparations. A systematic list cross-referenced with common names is provided.

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© The New York Botanical Garden 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Eldridge
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyTufts UniversityMedford

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