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surrounding natural resources for their food, medicines, cosmetics,
construction materials, and other uses. A field study was conducted amongst
the Ngaju using direct observation and interviewing key persons including
community leaders, traditional healers and local families. Based on the data
collected in the field, we recorded 107 plant species belonging to 51 families
and 86 genera, used as food (56 species), medicine (46 species), cosmetics (4
species), building material (9 species), and other uses (9 species). Several
species with potential economic value will be discussed in this paper, and local
customs relating to traditions agriculture knowledge will be elaborated. The
potency of the plants in connecting to the culture of the Dayak Ngaju will be
also be discussed in this paper. Three of the species studied considered
endangered species: Alyxia reinwardtii (Widjaja 1992), Eurycoma longifolia
(Rifai 1992) and Cinnamomum sintoc (Widjaja 1992).
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