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Abstract

Selected non-timber forest products with medicinal applications from Jilin Province in China.

Abstract

This paper provides a brief account of the distribution, production, and use of some non-timber forest products such as medicinal plants (Panax ginseng, Panax quinquefolium, Gastrodia elata, Astragalus membranaceus and Asarum heterotropoides), medicinal and nutraceutical mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum, Hericium erinaceus, Poria cocos and Polyporus umbellatus), pharmaceutical insects (Eupolyphaga sinensis, Bombyx regia, Mylabris calida and Formica fusca), and "wild" vegetables (Pteridium aquilinum, Osmunda cinnamomea and Aralia elata) in Jilin Province, China. All materials featured in this paper are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) inside and outside of China. Given the similarities in environmental conditions between Saskatchewan and Jilin, the information provided herein may be used in assessing the potential of Saskatchewan wild plants for similar developments in the Canadian prairies.