Economic Botany

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Does the local availability of woody Caatinga plants (Northeastern Brazil) explain their use value?

  • Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena
  • Elcida de Lima Araújo
  • Ulysses Paulino de AlbuquerqueEmail author
Research Articles


This study investigated the use of woody plants by a rural community in an area of dry land Caatinga vegetation in northeastern Brazil. Information was obtained concerning this woody species with a diameter that is equal to or greater than 3 centimeters (cm) at soil level surveyed in 100 sample plots totaling 1 hectare (ha). The following question is the hypothesis we tested. Is a plant’s relative importance (as measured by its use value) related to its “apparency,” as measured by its abundance and ecological dominance? “Apparency” explains the use value of plants in four categories: medicinal, construction, fuel, and technology. The most important uses of woody plants are related to harvesting for energy and construction purposes.

Key Words

Biodiversity Caatinga ecological “apparency” local populations quantitative ethnobotany tropical forests use value 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena
    • 1
  • Elcida de Lima Araújo
    • 2
  • Ulysses Paulino de Albuquerque
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departmento de Biologia, Área de Botânica. Laboratório de Etnobotânica AplicadaUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Biologia, Área de Botânica. Laboratório de Ecologia Vegetal dos Ecossistemas NordestinosUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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