Useful Brazilian plants under the view of the writer-naturalist João Guimarães Rosa - ScienceDirect

Useful Brazilian plants under the view of the writer-naturalist João Guimarães Rosa - ScienceDirect

Useful Brazilian plants under the view of the writer-naturalist João Guimarães Rosa - ScienceDirect

This study shows the results of a comprehensive but non-exhaustive review on plants cited in the literary work of the writer-naturalist João Guimarães Rosa (J.G. Rosa). Information about popular names and use of plants were retrieved through a review in seven works of the author. The assignment of the scientific names was based on other previous ethnobotanical studies performed in similar areas of Cerrado in Minas Gerais state. For each species, date about their presence in the Brazilian Official Pharmacopoeia, or use for commercial commercialization were checked. A total of 964 popular names for plants were recovered, 59 of them being more frequently cited. From the total citations, 57 native species have their use described by the author but curiously, only thirteen are referred to as medicinal. It is assumed that the literature from J.G. Rosa is very rich in data about the utility of the plants from the Cerrado; However, the present work shows that his interest was rather the literary (poetic) creation, and we demystify that supposition.

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