An ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants used by the Masaai people of Losho, Kenya



  • Duncan Mutiso Chalo

    School of Biological Sciences,
    University of Nairobi P.O BOX 30197-00100, Nairobi

  • Buchanan Camilla

    Kinesiology and Health Science,
    College of William and Mary

  • Patrick Chalo Mutiso

    School of Biological Sciences,
    University of Nairobi P.O BOX 30197-00100, Nairobi



Objective: An ethnobotanical survey on the medicinal plant species in Losho, Narok County, Kenya was conducted in order to document traditional medicinal knowledge and application of medicinal plants. Materials and Methods: This study was undertaken between 2012. Information was gathered from traditional practitioners who lived and practised in Losho, Narok County, Kenya using semi-structured questionnaires and personal interviews during field trips. Ethnobotanical data was arranged alphabetically by family name followed by botanical name, vernacular name, part used, folk use, and recipe. Correct identification was made with the help of taxonomist and voucher specimens deposited at the University of Nairobi Herbarium. Results: Twenty six (26) herbalists between the ages 20-69 years (10 men and 16 women) were purposively selected and interviewed. The present investigation reported medicinal information for 33 species, belonging to 21 plant families. The most represented plant family was Asteraceae followed by Oleaceae and Rhamnaceae. 36 % of the species were used to manage stomach ache and stomach related ailments while 30% of the plant species were used to treat malaria. Conclusion: This survey showed that although people in study area have access to modern medical facility Losho Dispensary but a lot of them still continue to depend on medicinal plants for the treatment of healthcare problems. The present paper represents significant ethnobotanical information on medical plants which provides baseline data for future pharmacological and phytochemical studies.


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Duncan Mutiso Chalo, School of Biological Sciences,
University of Nairobi P.O BOX 30197-00100, Nairobi



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Chalo DM, Camilla B, Mutiso PC. . Int J of Pharmc Res [Internet]. 2016Feb.28 [cited 2020May30];6(2):68-74. Available from:


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