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Data Brief. 2016 Mar 30;7:1078-1097. eCollection 2016 Jun.

Ecological data in support of an analysis of Guinea-Bissau׳s medicinal flora.

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1
University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Lisbon, Portugal.
2
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Centre for Global Health and Tropical Medicine (GHTM), Lisbon, Portugal.
3
Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa, Centro de Estudos Ambientais e Tecnologia Apropriada (INEP/CEATA), Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
4
University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Lisbon, Portugal; University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences, Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI), Lisbon, Portugal.

Abstract

This dataset presents an annotated list of medicinal plants used by local communities in Guinea-Bissau (West Africa), in a total of 218 species. Data was gathered by means of herbarium and bibliographic research, as well as fieldwork. Biological and ecological information is provided for each species, including in-country distribution, geographical range, growth form and main vegetation types. The dataset was used to prepare a paper on the medicinal plants of Guinea-Bissau "Medicinal plants of Guinea-Bissau: therapeutic applications, ethnic diversity and knowledge transfer" (Catarino et al., 2016) [1]. The table and figures provide a unique database for Guinea-Bissau in support of ethno-medical and ethno-pharmacological research, and their ecological dimensions.

KEYWORDS:

Ethnobotanical data; Geographical distribution; Useful plants; Vegetation types; West Africa

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