Academic shares knowledge

2017-08-09 06:02

The book Basotho Medicinal Plants – Meriana ya Dimela tsa Basotho, is Prof. Rodney Moffett’s third recently published book.

The book deals only with medicinal uses and is based on the data from his first book, Sesotho Plant and Animal Names and Plants used by the Basotho.

“This latest book came about after a Sesotho language advisor in the Free State Department of Education suggested there was a need for the medicinal uses of plants by the Basotho to be documented in the vernacular. In a situation where there is an almost total lack of scientific literature in the vernacular, the greatest value of this book therefore is that it provides a comprehensive guide to the medicinal uses of plants in Sesotho,” said Moffett, honorary research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences at the Qwaqwa Campus.

The book consists of two parts.

Part one lists the medicinal categories and plants used.

Part two lists the medicinal uses arranged according to the Sotho names of the plants.

It is easy to read, as the information is presented alphabetically, with the Sotho name and usage thereof.

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