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Idesia (Arica)

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MUNOZ, Eduardo Jaime  and  VILLASENOR CASTRO, Rodrigo. Usage of native plants by a community of herdsmen at the meadows of the ravines of Tulahuén, Region of Coquimbo (Chile). Idesia [online]. 2018, vol.36, n.2, pp.243-258. ISSN 0718-3429.

Presenting the uses of existing vascular plants that occur in the meadows of the ravine of Tulahuén, commune of Monte Patria, Coquimbo Region, used by a community of goat herders in a steppe ecosystem of high Andean foothills. People who reside in the area were interviewed. 10 plots of 50x50 meters were made to study the plant populations; In the vast majority the common names of species were rec- ognized by the goat herders, a total of 93 native plants between native and endemic, several of them have more than one use: 32 species are used as combustible, 72 as fodder, 35 as medicinal and 13 are used to make handicrafts. This work leaves registered the uses of native plants by goat herders; and plant communities, found in the study area.

The research results will be a contribution to ethnobotanical knowledge through a record of uses that the goat herders give to various native plants growing in these Andean foothills.

Keywords : high Andean steppe; ethnobotany; trashumance.

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