Ethnobotany - The Compleat Botanica and traditional plant uses
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"Jean Pierre  says . . ."

Jean Pierre has been studying the traditional uses of plants in ritual and shamanistic medicine.  "I use the software to track the various uses of plants across the different tribes."  The Compleat Botanica helps Jean Pierre keep his interviews organized while cross-referencing usage, location, and species.

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Q:  Where are my pictures stored? 

A:  Pictures that you associate with your specimen are not stored in the database in the same way as all of your other data.  Instead your pictures are kept in their original format (JPEG, GIF, and so forth), on your hard disk in their original location.

The suggested location for pictures is the folder "C:\Program Files\Compleat Botanica\Data\CBPhotos". You can change the suggested location for pictures using the Customize setting . . . area.  See the full story.

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The Compleat Botanica and ethnobotany
Record historical plant uses and plant lore for indigenous people.
Record contemporary uses for species under study.
Use rich-text notes to record your research findings.
Use all of the other features of The Compleat Botanica to develop and publish plant-related reports with photographs.


Features for ethnobotany

  Multiple databases


  Data sharing

  Custom categories

  All of the essential features of The Compleat Botanica

Data fields for ethnobotany

Just a few of the data fields useful for ethnobotanists:

  Common names

  Medicinal properties

  Culinary uses

  Edible parts

  Traditional uses

  Contemporary uses

  Alphabetical index of all 160 fields used by The Compleat Botanica


Software snapshots

There are 17 side-by-side data entry views making it easy to access and update your data.  Be sure to check out the Traditional uses view.

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Frequently asked questions

  I have thousands of records in dBase format. Could this be imported into your program?

A:  Yes.  Databases that use the dBaseIII or dBaseIV formats that can export their records using a comma delimited format or a tab delimited format are compatible with The Compleat Botanica

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  Here's a step-by-step guide to adding a new category.

A:  Adding a new category to the list of pre-installed categories is simple. You'll most likely want to do this with some of the more flexible items such as Garden location and Nursery. These are typically the types of items that tend to be the most user-specific. By contrast, items such as USDA Zones, soil pH, and Sunset climate zones tend to be rarely, if ever, supplemented.  See the full story.

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Last reviewed December 05, 2009   


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