Human Ecology

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 353–360 | Cite as

Ethnobotany of Atlantic Forest Coastal Communities: II. Diversity of Plant Uses at Sepetiba Bay (SE Brazil)

  • Gisela M. Figueiredo
  • Hermógenes F. Leitão-Filho
  • Alpina Begossi


This is an ethnobotanical study of Atlantic Forest coastal communities located at Sepetiba Bay, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Atlantic Forest remnants are top priority conservation areas, and include native communities that depend on fish and small-scale agriculture. We conducted fieldwork in the community of Calhaus (Jaguanum Island) from 1989 to 1991, and interviewed adults on their use of plants. We examined the diversity of medicinal plants used among communities of different islands and found results similar to previous research at Gamboa (Itacuruçá Island); communities living in smaller islands and on islands further from the coast use a lower diversity of plants. Also, older islanders show a deeper knowledge of medicinal plants than younger islanders.

ethnobotany diversity island biogeography theory fishing community Atlantic Forest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gisela M. Figueiredo
    • 1
  • Hermógenes F. Leitão-Filho
    • 2
  • Alpina Begossi
    • 1
  1. 1.Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas AmbientaisUniversidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)CampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de BotanicaUniversidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)CampinasBrazil

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