A Study of Ethnobotany and Vegetation Utilization in Cinsbu, Tayal
Thesis, Graduate Institute of Botany, National Taiwan University.
study investigated the relationship between ethnobotany and vegetation
utilization in Cinsbu, a village of the indigenous Tayal tribe, of Shinchu
County in Taiwan.
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.
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.