Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

Traditional knowledge and usage of edible plants among the Semai community of Kampung Batu 16, Tapah, Perak, Malaysia

Hean-Chooi Ong, Elley Lina and Pozi Milow*
Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 January 2012
  •  Published: 30 January 2012

Abstract

A study was carried out on the traditional knowledge and usage of edible plants among the Semai community at a village in the state of Perak, Malaysia. Information was obtained through verbal communication with adults guided by a predetermined set of questions, and also by observing and participating in their activities during each visit using the method of ethnobotanical enquiry.  A total of 66 species was recorded of which most of the species are native. Edible plant parts were shoots, leaves, stems, rhizomes, fruits, and seeds. Plant parts were eaten raw, cooked, fermented or salted.

 

Key words: Tribe, swidden, arboriculture, status, habit, uses.