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1 December 2007 Does the Local Availability of Woody Caatinga Plants (Northeastern Brazil) Explain Their Use Value
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This study investigated the use of woody plants by a rural community in an area of dry land Caatinga vegetation in northeastern Brazil. Information was obtained concerning this woody species with a diameter that is equal to or greater than 3 centimeters (cm) at soil level surveyed in 100 sample plots totaling 1 hectare (ha). The following question is the hypothesis we tested. Is a plant's relative importance (as measured by its use value) related to its “apparency,” as measured by its abundance and ecological dominance? “Apparency” explains the use value of plants in four categories: medicinal, construction, fuel, and technology. The most important uses of woody plants are related to harvesting for energy and construction purposes.

Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena, Elcida de Lima Araújo, and Ulysses Paulino de Albuquerque "Does the Local Availability of Woody Caatinga Plants (Northeastern Brazil) Explain Their Use Value," Economic Botany 61(4), 347-361, (1 December 2007). https://doi.org/10.1663/0013-0001(2007)61[347:DTLAOW]2.0.CO;2
Received: 12 April 2007; Accepted: 1 June 2007; Published: 1 December 2007
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