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Table 5 Reviewed Saudi Arabian medicinal plant literature

From: Medicinal plants used by women in Mecca: urban, Muslim and gendered knowledge

Reference Study area N plant species identified Ethnobotanical data collection Botanical keys used Botanical identification by experts Herbaria Vouchers Voucher numbers reported
Shalaby et al (1985)—book in English [68] Not specified 160 Fieldwork to collect plant specimens and records local names Yes Yes Umm Al-Qura University No No
Mossa et al (1987)—book in English [35] Not specified 150 Not reported No No King Saud University No No
Abdulafatih (1987)—journal article in English [59] Asir region and surrounding areas (SW KSA) 61 Fieldwork documentation: local names, plant parts used and medicinal uses, reported No Yes King Saud University (College of Education, Abha Branch) Yes Yes
Al-Yaha et al (1990)—book in English [63] Not specified 150 Not reported No Yes King Saud University Yes No
Ghazanfar (1994)—book in English [36] Arabian peninsula 260 Fieldwork documentation and literature sources (1982–1993) No Yes Sultan Qaboos University (Department of Biology; Sultanate of Oman) Yes No
Rahman et al (2004)—journal article in English [69] Not specified 254 Literature and herbarium sources (College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, National Herbarium of Saudi Arabia) No No King Saud University (College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, National Herbarium of Saudi Arabia) Yes No
El-Ghazali et al (2010)—journal article in English [58] Al-Rass province, Qassim area 47 Fieldwork documentation: interviews with local healers and knowledgeable Bedouin; local names, plant parts used and medicinal uses, reported No Yes Qassim University (Museum of Science, College of Science and Arts, Al-Rass) Yes Yes
Al-Sodany et al (2013)—journal article in English [41] Taif 261 (165 medicinal) Fieldwork documentation: interviews with local environments. Literature review Yes Yes Kafr El-Sheikh University (Herbarium of Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Taif) Yes No
Youssef (2013)—journal article in English [70] Qassim and central Saudi Arabia 83 Fieldwork documentation: open-ended interviews. Literature review Yes Yes Qassim University No No
Shahat et al (2015)—journal article in English [71] Tanhat protected area, Riyadh 7 Not reported No Yes King Sud University (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research Department, National Research Centre; Herbarium of the Faculty of Pharmacy) Yes Yes
Yusuf et al (2014)—journal article in English [72] Not specified 61 Literature review Yes Yes King Saud University (Herbarium of the College of Pharmacy) Yes Yes