The focal point of this study was documentation of indigenous uses/knowledge of the thinning populations of the valuable flora in parts of the Niger Delta. Forty-eight plant species belonging to twenty-four taxonomic families were found to have various ethnobotanical applications among the indigenous people of Bayelsa State. Some of these still enter the local economy through the services provided by the products. Harvesting of flora for these purposes was observed to be unsustainable because of lack or presence of weak institutional and legal framework and enforcement for sustainability. This study also highlights the implications of forest fragmentation and over harvesting leading to depletion of vegetation resource base and consequently the loss of the knowledge about useful species along with their ethnobotanical applications.
Obute, Gordian Chibuzo and Ekiye, Ebiare
"Ethnobotanical Applications of Some Floral Species in Bayelsa State, Nigeria,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2008
, Article 96.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/96