Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1949

Full Length Research Paper

Ethnobotanical potentials of common herbs in Nigeria: A case study of Enugu state

Aiyeloja A.A1 and O.A Bello2
  1Department of Forestry and Wildlife,University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. 2Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 14 February 2006
  •  Published: 30 April 2006



Research was carried out on the ethnobotanical potentials of common herbs in Nigeria using Enugu State as a case study. A total of 200 questionnaires were administered on herb sellers in major herb markets in the state. In all, 96 different plant species were encountered in the markets. Attempts were made to write the names of the species both in botanical and English languages as well as in the three major languages in Nigeria (Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa). The families of the species were also documented. Finally, the various uses of the species and the part(s) of the plant species used were highlighted. This will surely be of great assistance to researchers, herb sellers and the entire consumers in overcoming the long standing problems of communication and identification.
Key words: Ethnobotanical potentials, Common herbs, Enugu State, Nigeria.