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LOPEZ-VILLAFRANCO, Ma. Edith; AGUILAR-CONTRERAS, Abigail; AGUILAR-RODRIGUEZ, Silvia  and  XOLALPA-MOLINA, Santiago. The Verbenaceae used as an herbal resource in Mexico: An ethnobotanical-medical review. Polibotánica [online]. 2017, n.44, pp.195-216. ISSN 1405-2768.

In this paper Verbenaceae species used as herbalist resource in Mexico are documented. Based on the information obtained from the revision of different literature sources, herbarium work, and the author´s own observations, 41 taxa belonging to 12 genera and 37 species; four at level of genus were recognized. 461 records indicated that Lantana camara, Verbena carolina, Phyla scaberrima, and Lippia graveolens are the most cited species. 198 popular names were recognized, being Lantana camara the species with the highest number of denominations. The knowledge of the medicinal use of Verbenaceae comes mainly from researches carried out in the central area of the country. Recorded pathologies were organized in 16 categories; illness of the digestive system are emphasized, female reproductive system, skeletal muscle system, and culture-bound syndromes. This is supported by the similarity analysis concentrating in a large set to 92% of the species to treat diseases of the digestive system and include in this set to other groups of species related to system and diseases mentioned. Phenetic analysis also separates two other sets of species to treat skin diseases and urinary tract. Only six species are in the process of being included in the Herbal Pharmacopoeia of the United Mexican States (FHEUM). This information will be useful for other species Verbenaceae are incorporated into the Mexican Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Keywords : pharmacopeia; Lantana; Lippia; medicinal plants; Verbena.

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