Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3543

Review

Woody species from the Mozambican Miombo woodlands: A review on their ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological potential

Isabel Moura
  • Isabel Moura
  • Plant-Environment Interactions and Biodiversity Lab (Plant Stress and Biodiversity), LEAF- Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food, School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon (ULisboa), Portugal.
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Jossias Alberto Duvane
  • Jossias Alberto Duvane
  • Faculty of Sciences, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique.
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Maria José Silva
  • Maria José Silva
  • Plant-Environment Interactions and Biodiversity Lab (Plant Stress and Biodiversity), LEAF- Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food, School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon (ULisboa), Portugal.
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Natasha Ribeiro
  • Natasha Ribeiro
  • Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique.
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Isabel Ribeiro-Barros
  • Isabel Ribeiro-Barros
  • Plant-Environment Interactions and Biodiversity Lab (Plant Stress and Biodiversity), LEAF- Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food, School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon (ULisboa), Portugal.
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  •  Received: 13 November 2017
  •  Accepted: 02 January 2018
  •  Published: 10 January 2018

Abstract

Miombo woodlands cover about two thirds of Mozambique national territory. They provide a wide collection of goods and services to the formal and informal economies. A review on the traditional uses of 15 Miombo tree species in human and animal health, as well as the status of research towards the identification of bioactive compounds is presented. Among the 15 species selected, 12 have been screened for their biological activity and/or pharmacological properties and/or toxicity. The information gathered in this work is a key to further exploit potential new uses and future opportunities for research and valorization of the selected species.

Key words: Ethnobotanical, medicinal plants, Miombo woodlands, non timber forest products.