Human Ecology

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 281–299 | Cite as

Medicinal Plants in the Atlantic Forest (Brazil): Knowledge, Use, and Conservation

  • Alpina BegossiEmail author
  • Natalia Hanazaki
  • Jorge Y. Tamashiro


This study focuses on knowledge of medicinal plants among the Caiçaras (rural inhabitants of the Atlantic Forest coast, Brazil). In particular, we examine the use of medicinal plants according to sex and age to reveal general patterns of Caiçara knowledge and use of plant resources. Data collected through 449 interviews at 12 Caiçara communities (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo coastal sites) include citations of 249 plants and identification of 227 species. We show the importance of introduced as opposed to native plants and of key individuals for the conservation of the Caiçaras-Atlantic Forest.

Atlantic Forest Brazil conservation Caiçaras diversity Shannon Rarefaction ethnobotany folk medicine medicinal plants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alpina Begossi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natalia Hanazaki
    • 2
  • Jorge Y. Tamashiro
    • 3
  1. 1.NEPAM/UNICAMP, C.PS.P.Brazil
  2. 2.NEPAM/UNICAMP, C.PS.P.Brazil
  3. 3.Depto. de BotânicaUNICAMPS.P.Brazil

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