Economic Botany

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 255–259 | Cite as

Ethnobotanical studies on some pteridophytes of Southern Nigeria

  • Maria O. Nwosu


Southern Nigeria represents one of the richest zones of vegetational wealth of Nigeria. The land surface is dominated by plants under 200 m.a.s 1. Folk utilization of pteridophytes by the southern Nigerians was studied. The results of this survey display an interesting diversity and distribution of ferns and fern-allied plants used as medicines, food, cosmetics, and manure in southern Nigeria. The data were compiled from frequent field trips conducted in 40 local government areas (LGAs). A total of 36 plant species belonging to 22 families were identified. Plant specimens and information were collected directly from the local inhabitants in villages and periurban towns. Our literature survey showed little or no documentation of ethnobotanical studies on pteridophytes of this region. Therefore, the present communication serves to bridge the gap. Thus, these pteridophytes could provide a vital source for healthcare and economic revenue after appropriate pharmacological analysis by patents.

Key Words

pteridophytes medicinal ferns cosmetics edible ferns fodder southern Nigeria 


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© The New York Botanical Garden Press, Bronx, NY 10458-5126 U.S.A 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria O. Nwosu
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Freie UniversitätBerlin, Botanischer Garten & Botanisches MuseumBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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