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A Preliminary Report on the Ethnobotany of the Suiei Dorobo in Northern Kenya

Mitsuo ICHIKAWA
Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University

ABSTRACT
   A total of 1.026 plant specimens and their ethnobotanical informations were collected among the Suiei Dorobo, the hunter-gatherers in the Mathew's Range, Northern Kenya. The specimens comprise 569 scientific species, for each of which a brief botanical and ethnographic description is made. Of the 569 species, the Suiei utilize 123 species as food, 231 as medicine, 50 for various rituals, and 176 as materials for construction and making various instruments. Other 121 are used in indirect ways as fodder or as nector source. Their vernacular names are compared with the Latin (scientific) names, and the characteristics of their utilization pattern is discussed.

Key Words: Suiei Dorobo; Hunter-gatherers; Ethnobotany; Nomenclature; Utilization.

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