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Home Publications National Nursery Proceedings 2001 Mapuche Medicinal Plants: Proposition in Their Propogation

Mapuche Medicinal Plants: Proposition in Their Propogation

The Mapuche (native indians from Chile) population is one of the largest populations of native indians left in America (approximately 1 million). As many of the other Native communities, they continuously struggle to maintain their rituals and customs. One of the most valuable customs for the Mapuche is the use of medicinal plants. All these plants are native plants from the southern area of Chile and some of them are now hard to get. Two workshops were done with a group of Machis (Mapuche medicine woman), in order to determine the species they used the most and the scarcity status of these plants. From a list of 24 species, 10 were found in the red book of endangered species from the Government of Chile. A proposal for future work in propagating these species is given at the end of the paper.

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Author(s): Paz A. Ovalle, Zoia Neira, Patricio M. Nuñez

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 2001

Event: Western Forest and Conservation Nursery Association Conference
2001 - Durango, CO