An ethnobotanical survey of the Beypazari, Ayas, and Gudul district towns of Ankara province (Turkey)

Simsek I., Aytekin F., Yesilada E., Yildirimli S.

ECONOMIC BOTANY, vol.58, no.4, pp.705-720, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Name: ECONOMIC BOTANY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.705-720
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Simsek, Isil, Fulya Aytekin (Gazi University, Faculty of Vocational Education, Department of Home Economics and Nutrition, Besevler, Ankara), Erdem Yesilada (corresponding author, Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy, Etiler 6330, Ankara; e-mail, and Sinasi Yildirimli (Hacettepe University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Beytepe, 6532 Ankara, Turkey). AN ETHNOBOTANICAL SURVEY OF THE BEYPAZARI, AYAS, AND GUDUL DISTRICT TOWNS OF ANKARA PROVINCE (TURKEY). Economic Botany 58(4):705-720, 2004. Dietary, therapeutical, and other ethnobotanical uses of the wild plants grown in the Beypazari, Ayas, and Gudul district towns of Ankara were investigated. Information was collected by oral interviews, with 400 individuals participating in 25 selected sites. The demographic characteristics of the informants were cross-linked with the recorded plant data for purposes of statistical analysis by SPSS software. The results indicated that 82% of the informants recognized the use of wild plants for food and home remedies. Both the breadth and scope of knowledge on the use of wild plants increased significantly with the advancing age of the informants, but there was no significant correlation between the knowledge of the informants and their educational status. Altogether, the authors recorded 192 uses for wild plants in the surveyed area; these emanating from 85 plant species belonging to 31 plant families. Among the most popular uses for wild plants were for medicines (115 citations) or food (70 citations). Only 7 plants fell in the miscellaneous category.