An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used in Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador

J Ethnopharmacol. 2007 Apr 20;111(1):63-81. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2006.10.032. Epub 2006 Nov 6.


This paper reports the results of an ethnobotanical survey on the uses of medicinal plants by inhabitants of two southern Ecuadorian provinces, namely, Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe. In this region, two surviving ethnic groups, the Saraguros and the Shuars, and the descendants of a now extinct culture, the Paltas, have been identified. The present study reports a total of 275 plant species, having 68 different therapeutical uses.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Ecuador
  • Ethnobotany*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plants, Medicinal*