Economic Botany

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 358–370 | Cite as

Medicinal and other economic plants of the Paya of Honduras

  • David L. Lentz
Article

Abstract

To collect information regarding Paya plant use practices, especially ethnomedical applications, an ethnobotanical study was conducted at the Santa Maria del Carbon community in north-central Honduras. Scientific and Paya names have been provided for 68 plants used for medicine, 40 used for food, 23 used as sources of wood, 8 used for beverages, 7 used in artifact manufacture and 10 used in other ways. Also, a list of 25 species is included for which the Paya have a name but no known use.

Key Words

medicinal plants ethnobotany Paya Honduras 

Plantas medicinales y economicas de la Paya de Honduras

Resumen

En la comunidad de Santa María del Carbón localizada en la región norcentral de Honduras, se realizó un estudio etnobotánico. El propósito del mismo fue recoger informatión sobre las prácticas nativas de los indígenas Paya relacionadas al uso de las plantas con especial énfasis en sus aplicaciones etnomédicas. En este trabajo se proporcionan los nombres científlcos y Payaspara: 68 plantas utilazadas con propósitos medicinales, 40 como alimento, 23 como fuentes de madera, 8 para preparar bebidas, 7 para la fabricatión de artefactos y 10 con otros usos varios. También se incluye una lista de 25 especies de las cuales los Paya únicamente les tienen un nombre aunque no se conoce su uso.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Lentz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MississippiElectron Microscopy LaboratoryJackson

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