Economic Botany

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 184–192 | Cite as

The market medicinal plants of Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

  • Michael S. Nicholson
  • Charles B. Arzeni


The purpose of this study is to record the popular uses of various medicinal plants collected in the market medicinal stalls of Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. One hundred and thirty-five medicinal plants were collected from 11 hierberias (stalls) of two mercados (markets) and two additional medicinal plant sources. Included is a total of 70 species in 65 genera of 38 plant families. The plant vendors of the hierberias were interviewed to determine the folk uses of these plants. Eighty-five folk uses, of both general and specific nature, are reported for the specimens collected.

Key Words

Mexico medicinal plants ethnobotany market plants 

Las plantas medicinales de los mercados de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México


El objetivo de este estudio fue el de registrar los usos populares de varias plantas medicinales colectadas en hierberias de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. Ciento treinta y cinco especímenes de plantas medicinales fueron colectados en 11 hierberias de dos mercados y en dosfuentes más de plantas medicinales. Este estudio incluye un total de 70 especies en 65 géneros de 38 familias de plantas. Los vendedores en las hierberias fueron entrevistados para determinar los usos caseros de las plantas. Ochenta y cinco usos caseros, de naturaleza tanto general como especifica, fueron reportados para los especimenes colectados.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. Nicholson
    • 1
  • Charles B. Arzeni
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park
  2. 2.Department of BotanyEastern Illinois UniversityCharleston

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