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Direct Research Journals
Vol.2 (1), pp. 1-5, February 2014
ISSN: 2449-0814

Ethno-botanical survey of plants commonly used for ceremonial activities among Yoruba tribe of South West, Nigeria
Article Number: DRJA17087745
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Original Research Article


Kadiri M1* , Ojewumi A. W2 ,    Abiola, T.O3 and  Musa, A. Hussain4


1Department of Biological Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria.

2Department of Biological Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria.

3Department of Biological Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria.

4Department of Biology, Federal College of Education, Kano, Kano State. Nigeria.


date Received: December 10, 2013     date Accepted: January 31, 2014     date Published: February 28, 2014

Abstract

Ethno-botanical survey of plants commonly used for ceremonial activities among Yoruba tribe of South West, Nigeria was carried out. Data were collected to record scientific, common and family names and parts of the plants that are used and were summarized. The results showed that 31 species of different plants were included from 22 families are used in different ceremonial activities in Yorubas. The most frequently mentioned families was Sterculiaceae and others were from Fabaceae, Malvaceae and Palmae families. The plants part used were: leaves, flower, tuber, stem, bulbs, twigs, and fruits. Compared to those of others, fruits were the most frequently used for ceremony.


Key words: Ceremonial activities, Ethno-botanical survey, Yoruba tribe, Traditional ritual, cultural heritage.