Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 24, 2019

New Ethnobotany Database for Southern California

Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden writes about a New Ethnobotany Database for Southern California

Humans have occupied southern California for about 12,000 years. During this time, they have relied on local plants for food, tools, medicine, shelter and clothing. Kevin Curran, who teaches biology courses at USD in San Diego, has compiled an ethnobotany database that includes a comprehensive list of the native plants used historically by our local Native Americans.Many of the plants discussed are native to the LA region and surrounding Mojave Desert. These plants have successfully adapted to the mostly dry and warm climate of the region. Certain southern California native plants evolved to survive in the extreme heat of the Sonoran Desert while others enjoy the cool, sea breeze of the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community. Provided on the database is a clickable list of the native California plants that have been useful in some way to the early settlers of southern California, organized into 3 parts:

  1. List of the native plants used by Native Americans in southern California.
  2. Brief discussion of the main Native American groups of the region.
  3. Description of the plant communities of southern California.
Enjoy this interesting and educational site here: http://www.ethnoherbalist.com/southern-california-native-plants-medicinal/  

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