Ethnobotany of Campus Flora
The purpose of this project is to create a resourceful website that documents the ethnobotanical uses of plants found on the Occidental College campus. Ethnobotany is the study of plants as they relate to people; this includes medicines, edible properties of food cultivars, tools and crafts, and ornamental uses of certain plants found within a certain geographic region utilized by a specific group of people. Establishing the periphery of campus as the outer boundaries of this study limits the geographic region of study to a manageable introductory project. Since nearly half of the plants on campus are exotic (non-native to the southern California area), the different groups of people that use the plants will vary. For example, I will investigate the various uses of Coast Live Oak in the southern California area by the Tongva people, the native Los Angelinos.
Gough, Andraya, "Ethnobotany of Campus Flora" (2003). URC Student Scholarship.