Economic Botany

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 8–20 | Cite as

Medicinal Plants of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast

  • Bruce Barrett


This article presents the results of an investigation concerning the use of medicinal plants by the people of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast. Participant observation during parts of the years 1986–1991 was complemented by a five-community, 809-household survey in 1990 and a ten-community botanical collection in 1991. This research is the first to attempt to document the diversity and prevalence of medicinal plant use for this region. The appendix lists 152 plants, along with common names, number and ethnicity of informants, and medicinal uses.

Key Words

Afro-Caribbean Central America Creole Garifuna ethnobotany ethnophar-macology medicinal plants Mestizo Miskito Nicaragua Rama Sumu traditional medicine 

Plantas Medicinales de la Costa Atlantica de Nicaragua


Este articulo presenta los resultados de una encuesta sobre plantas medicinales utilizadas por las personas de la Costa Atlantica de Nicaragua. Observation participativa realizo durante parte de los afios 1986 al 1991 fue com-plementada en 1990 con una encuesta a 809 hogares cubriendo cinco comunidades. Ademas, en 1991 se realizo una recoleccion botanica en diez comunidades de la region. Esta investigation es el primer esfuerzo por documentar la diversidad y prevalencia del uso de plantas medicinales en esta region. El anexo proporciona una lista de 152 plantas con sus nombres comunes, su uso medico, y el numero y etnicidad de los informantes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Barrett
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Nitricion de CentroAmericayPanamaJohns Hopkins University Health and Child Survival Fellow at INCAPGuatemala

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