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Table 1 List of most important plant families in terms of species used as medicinal plants (families with at least three taxa)

From: Asháninka medicinal plants: a case study from the native community of Bajo Quimiriki, Junín, Peru

Family No. of taxa No. of vouchers %*
Asteraceae 31 44 12.4
Araceae 17 29 8.2
Rubiaceae 15 21 5.9
Euphorbiaceae 15 17 4.8
Solanaceae 13 17 4.8
Piperaceae 13 18 5.1
Verbenaceae 10 12 3.4
Fabaceae 9 10 2.8
Cyperaceae 9 9 2.5
Poaceae 8 11 3.1
Malvaceae 7 9 2.5
Commelinaceae 7 7 2.0
Urticaceae 6 8 2.3
Arecaceae 6 7 2.0
Acanthaceae 6 8 2.3
Bignoniaceae 5 5 1.4
Apocynaceae 5 7 2.0
Zingiberaceae 4 4 1.1
Melastomataceae 4 4 1.1
Gesneriaceae 4 4 1.1
Tiliaceae 3 3 0.8
Phytolaccaceae 3 4 1.1
Moraceae 3 3 0.8
Menispermaceae 3 6 1.7
Maranthaceae 3 3 0.8
Costaceae 3 3 0.8
Clusiaceae 3 3 0.8
* The percentage is calculated on the 355 herbarium samples that have been identified.