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1 March 2007 Ethnobotany of Folk Medicinal Aquatic Plants in Jordan
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Eighty-seven species belonging to 59 genera and 33 plant families identified in the study area are presented. The three families with the most species represented were Labiatae (nine aquatic species), Compositae (seven species), and Salicaceae (seven species). The genera most represented were Mentha (six species), Polygonum (five species), and Salix (five species). Sixty-three folk-medicinal aquatic species (73.3%) had similar therapeutic uses in neighboring countries, while the 24 remaining species (26.7%) did not show therapeutic similarity with their use in other countries. Emerged species (plants rooted in soil under water but which emerge partially above the water's surface) were the most recorded, while amphibious, submerged, and floating species were the least recorded. The folk-medicinal importance of the recorded aquatic species were classified by rank-order priority (ROP). Twenty-one species (24%) had ROP values higher than 50, indicating the highest popularity level in folk-medicinal potentiality; 26 species (29.9%) had therapeutic effects informed by fewer than three informants and were therefore excluded from further consideration; 40 species (46.1%) had ROP values of less than 50, and were thus classified as nonpopular medicinal plants.

Saleh Al-Qura'n "Ethnobotany of Folk Medicinal Aquatic Plants in Jordan," The Botanical Review 73(1), 51-65, (1 March 2007). https://doi.org/10.1663/0006-8101(2007)73[51:EOFMAP]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 March 2007
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