Medicinal plants of alkaline wetlands in the Azul creek basin (Buenos Aires province, Argentina) [Plantas medicinales de los bajos alcalinos de la cuenca del arroyo del Azul (provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina)]
Vercelli N.,Becaria Comision de Investigaciones Cientificas de la provincia de Buenos Aires CIC |
Vercelli N.,National University of Central Buenos Aires |
Entraigas I.,National University of Central Buenos Aires |
Scaramuzzino R.,National University of Central Buenos Aires |
And 3 more authors.
Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias | Year: 2013
This research was carried out in 7 alkaline wetlands located in the plain sector of the Azul creek basin (center of Buenos Aires province, Argentina). Such environments, due to soil limitations are used for breeding cattle. The aim of this paper is to analyze these landscape units from a perspective that allows their revaluation, considering the great diversity of plant species of medicinal value that develops in them. 150 species were identified, of which 81 (54%) had medicinal properties. The family with most species with medicinal use was Asteraceae, followed by Poaceae and, to a lesser extent, Apiaceae and Plantaginaceae. The medicinal use group most represented was that of digestive, then diuretic and hepatic. These environments should be considered as providers of ecosystem services because of the wide diversity of their flora and its medicinal potential.