Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3818

Full Length Research Paper

An assessment on the uses of Loranthaceae in ethno pharmacology in Cameroon: A case study made in Logbessou, North of Douala

Dibong Siegfried Didier1*, Engone Obiang Nestor Laurier2, Ndongo Din1, Priso Richard Jules1, Taffouo Victor1, Fankem Henri1, Salle Georges3, Missoup Alain Didier4, Boussim Issaka Joseph5 and Amougou Akoa6
1Laboratory of Plant Ecology, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, The University of Douala,  P. O. Box 24157, Douala , Cameroon. 2Tropical Ecology Research Institute, P. O. Box 13354, Libreville, Gabon. 3Laboratory of Plant Parasitology, The University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI), 4 place Jussieu, case courrier 155, 75252 Paris, Cedex 05, France. 4Department of Biology of Animal Organisms, Faculty of Science, The University of Douala, P. O. Box 24157, Douala, Cameroon; UMR 7205, MNHN, Paris, 55 Rue Buffon. 5Laboratory of Plant Biology and Ecology, The University of Ouagadougou 03 PO BOX 848, Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso. 6Department of Plants Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Science, The University of Yaoundé I,  P. O. Box 812, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
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  •  Accepted: 14 June 2009
  •  Published: 31 August 2009


Loranthaceae are known as hemiparasites of forest and cultivated trees. A study on their uses in ethno pharmacology were carried out in Logbessou in the North of Douala (Cameroon). We used a structured questionnaire to interview 150 active traditional healers in 2008. 82% of the healers recommended P. capitatafor the treatment of at least 22 diseases. We discuss the uses of Loranthaceaewith regard to information available in the literature for European countries.


Key words: Loranthaceae, ethno pharmacology, questionnaire, traditional healers.