Pharmacognosy Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 128--134

Ethnobotanical study of latex plants in the maritime Region of Togo


Yao Patrick Hoekou1, Tchadjobo Tchacondo2, Simplice Damintoti Karou2, Koffi Koudouvo2, Wouyo Atakpama4, Passimna Pissang2, Apeti Koffi Gbogbo4, Agbelessessi Yawo Woegan4, Komlan Batawila4, Koffi Akpagana4, Messanvi Gbeassor2 
1 Centre de Recherche et de Formation Sur Les Plantes Médicinales; Laboratoire de Botanique et Ecologie Végétale, Université de Lomé, BP 1515, Lomé, Togo
2 Centre de Recherche et de Formation Sur Les Plantes Médicinales, Université de Lomé, BP 1515, Lomé, Togo

Correspondence Address:
Simplice Damintoti Karou
Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Biologiques et Alimentaires, Université de Lomé, BP 1515, Lomé
Togo

Background: In Togo, a little is known about latex plants of the flora used for medicinal purposes. Objective: The aim of this study was to identify the latex plant species and their medicinal uses in the Maritime Region of Togo. Materials and Methods: The methodology was based on ethnobotanical semi-structural individual interviews of 220 informants. Quantitative ethnobotanical index was used to analyze the data. Results: A total of 33 latex plants species were recorded, from 12 botanical families and 24 genera. The most represented families were Euphorbiaceae and Moraceae with eight species each. The relative importance (RI) value of each species and the informant consensus factor (ICF) of the ailments categories showed that Pergularia daemia (Forssk.) Chiov. (RI = 2.00) and Euphorbia hirta L. (RI = 1.91) were the most versatile in relation to their uses, and infectious diseases (ICF = 0.922) were the category with the greatest consensus among 17 categories. Conclusion: These latex plants of Togolese flora are variously used in traditional medicine and it would be important to undertake further investigations in phytochemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology to validate their uses.


How to cite this article:
Hoekou YP, Tchacondo T, Karou SD, Koudouvo K, Atakpama W, Pissang P, Gbogbo AK, Woegan AY, Batawila K, Akpagana K, Gbeassor M. Ethnobotanical study of latex plants in the maritime Region of Togo.Phcog Res 2016;8:128-134


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Hoekou YP, Tchacondo T, Karou SD, Koudouvo K, Atakpama W, Pissang P, Gbogbo AK, Woegan AY, Batawila K, Akpagana K, Gbeassor M. Ethnobotanical study of latex plants in the maritime Region of Togo. Phcog Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Apr 19 ];8:128-134
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