Ethnobotanical investigation of traditional medicinal plants commercialized in the markets of Dire Dawa city, eastern Ethiopia
Atinafu Kebede, Shimelis Ayalew, Akalu Mesfin and Getachew Mulualem
Dire Dawa city has enormous traditional knowledge and use of medicinal plant species however; the study done to include medicinal plants and indigenous knowledge of the community in Dire Dawa city in the medicinal record of Ethiopia was limited. The aim of the study was to document the indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants. Thirty informants were selected for this study. A total of 50 major considerable medicinal plant species were documented. There was a significant positive correlation (r =0.38, at α = 0.05, p = 0.04) between the age of informants and the number of species. However, there was highly significant negative correlation (r = -0.24, at α = 0.05, p < 0.001) between the number of species and informants’ educational level. The present study provides basic data for future pharmacological and phytochemical studies.
Atinafu Kebede, Shimelis Ayalew, Akalu Mesfin, Getachew Mulualem. Ethnobotanical investigation of traditional medicinal plants commercialized in the markets of Dire Dawa city, eastern Ethiopia. J Med Plants Stud 2016;4(3):170-178.