GSC Advanced Research and Reviews, no.15(03), pp.178-192, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
The aim of this study is to determine the natural and cultivated plants that the locals living in the villages and bushes of
Bahçesaray's center have traditionally benefited from and determine the diversity of use of these plants and reveal their
significance in terms of ethnobotany.
This work is given with, usage forms, used parts and local names of medicines, food, fuel, stain, economic value of plants
and feedstuffs used by the public for handicrafts.
Between, 2016-2018, interviews and survey studies were made with Bahçesaray (Müküs) and people living in the
vicinity of it. 57% of the 185 informants were female and 43% were male. Female users are all homemakers and male
users are engaged in different occupational groups.
As a result of the research, 76 plants taxa belonging to 28 families used for different purposes and their local knowledge
related to them were given. It was determined that 46 of the collected plants were treated as food, 24 as treatment, 10
as feed, 10 as fire, 3 as handicrafts, 2 as economical and 2 as used as stain. In addition, the uses of 5 plants in different
areas (ornament, poison, toy, etc.) were determined.
It has been determined that 29 taxa have been used in our research area for purposes that are totally or partially
different from their known use. The first five families containing the highest number of taxa from the plants determined
to be used in the research field were determined in order Rosaceae 17 (%22,4), Asteraceae 13 (%17,10), Lamiaceae 7
(%9,21), Fabaceae 4 (%5,26) and Apiaceae 3 (%3,95).
Keywords: Ethnobotany; Bahçesaray; Müküs; Van; Turkey