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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 942043, 14 pages
Research Article

Use and Diversity of Palm (Arecaceae) Resources in Central Western Brazil

1University of Brasília, Brasília, CP 4457, 70919-990 Brasilia, DF, Brazil
2Institute of Botany, São Paulo, CP 3005, 01061-950 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Laboratory of Applied and Theoretical Ethnobiology (LEA), Rua Dom Manoel de Medeiros, s/n, Dois Irmãos, 52171-900 Recife, PE, Brazil

Received 30 August 2013; Accepted 9 October 2013; Published 2 January 2014

Academic Editors: M. Cresti and G. L. Rotino

Copyright © 2014 Renata Corrêa Martins et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Arecaceae Schultz-Sch. (Palmae Juss.), a member of the monocotyledon group, is considered one of the oldest extant angiosperm families on Earth. This family is highly valuable because of its species diversity, its occurrence in a wide range of habitats, and its status as an integral part of the culture and the family-based economy of many traditional and nontraditional communities. The main objectives of this study were to perform an ethnobotanical study involving these palms and a “Quilombola” (Maroon) community in the municipality of Cavalcante, GO, Brazil. The variables gender, age, and formal schooling had no influence on the number of species recognized and used by the Kalungas. Ethnobotanical studies based on traditional knowledge in addition to use and management of palms are fundamental aspects for planning and appliance of public policies directed to the use of natural resources and improvement of life quality.