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GORMO, Jean  e  NIZESETE, Bienvenu Denis. Plants and their use by the people of Northern Cameroon: selection and use in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2013, vol.20, n.2, pp.587-607. ISSN 0104-5970.

The functional versatility of plants can be seen in their numerous uses by the people of Northern Cameroon. They have implemented local know-how which has allowed them to effectively exploit their botanical environment. The disappearance of valuable species has forced them to develop other strategies, with a new era marked by the consumption of manufactured products. This article summarizes the principal uses of plants by the people of Northern Cameroon, evaluates their strategies for extracting value from grasses and woods, and questions the validity of the measures currently in place to preserve the botanical heritage at risk due to the actions of man and nature.

Palavras-chave : plants; Northern Cameroon; botanical heritage; medicinal plants; overexploitation.

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