A Study of Ethnobotany and Vegetation Utilization in Cinsbu, Tayal

Ms. Shih-Yen Huang, 2003,  Master Thesis, Graduate Institute of Botany, National Taiwan University.
Supervisor:  Dr. Chen-Meng Kuo


This study investigated the relationship between ethnobotany and vegetation utilization in Cinsbu, a village of the indigenous Tayal tribe, of Shinchu County in Taiwan.

491 species were collected through field inventory, and 205 species were recorded as useful plants. It means 41.8% total interview species used by aborigine Tayal in Cinsbu. Among the 205 useful plant species, there were 79 used for hunting, 50 used for food, 48 used for article making, 24 used as medicinal plants, 22 used for mushroom cultivation, 21 used for architecture construction, 20 used as fuel wood, 9 used as toy plants, 9 used for fertilization and conservation of soil, 9 used as dye and aromatic plants, 6 used in ritual and traditional use, 3 used for whistle making, and 8 for other uses.

A vegetation classification (TWINSPAN) of 32 sample plots around the village identified six forest types. After evaluating the ethnobotanical data in each forest type, each forest type could provide several different sorts of plant resources.

The abundance and diversity of forest derived the great experience and knowledge of Tayal people in Cinsbu on plant utilization. Consequently, it is important to maintain the diversity of forest.


研究生:黃詩硯     2003


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