Nordic plant uses from Gunnerus and Høeg

Latest version published by Natural History Museum, University of Oslo on Jul 8, 2020 Natural History Museum, University of Oslo

The dataset has been created as part of the research activities for the Nordic People and Plants project. The project aims to rediscover Nordic plant traditions. This dataset represents plant use data collected from two key Norwegian historical sources of plant knowledge: Flora Norvegica (J.E. Gunnerus, 1766-1776): A major Enlightenment natural history work in Norway. Published in Trondheim in 1766, this was the first explicitly Norwegian flora. It gives an insight in the Norwegian daily life in that period through descriptions of plant uses. Planter og Tradisjon: Floraen i levende tale og tradisjon i Norge 1925-1973 (O.A. Høeg, 1974): Norway's most important ethnobotanical compilation. Høeg corresponded with informants all over Norway to document what was left of oral traditions related to plants. Most of the data is presented as he received from the informants.

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 3,426 records. 4 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Taxon (core)
    3426
  • VernacularName 
    7307
  • Distribution 
    4260
  • Reference 
    3432
  • MeasurementOrFact 
    2709

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Keywords

Checklist; Inventorythematic

External data

The resource data is also available in other formats

Zenodo dumphttp://10.5281/zenodo.3935442 ASCII Microsoft Excel

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Anneleen Kool

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Anneleen Kool

Who filled in the metadata:

Magali Courtade

Who else was associated with the resource:

User
Rukaya Johaadien

Project Data

The dataset has been created as part of the research activities for the Nordic People and Plants project. The project aims to rediscover Nordic plant traditions. Plants have influenced how humans eat, dress and build their homes. In this project, we will search through different written sources such as plant names, archaeobotanical reports, iconographical sources, textual descriptions, cookbooks, black books, floras and fairy tales. Our sources span from Viking age sagas to modern day cookbooks. We want to study human-plant interactions and trace the cultural evolution of plant use from before the Viking age to today. The published plant use data has been collected from two Norwegian books belonging to different time periods: - Flora Norvegica (J.E. Gunnerus, 1766-1776) - Planter og Tradisjon: Floraen i levende tale og tradisjon i Norge 1925-1973 (O.A. Høeg, 1974)

Title Norwegian Plant uses from Flora Norvegica and Planter og tradisjon
Funding SAMKUL – Samfunnsutviklingens kulturelle forutsetninger, Forskningsrådet
Study Area Description Geographic: Norway Temporal: A.D. 1766-1776 (Gunnerus) and A.D. 1925-1974 (Høeg) Taxonomic: Plant species in Norway
Design Description A good amount ethnobotanical knowledge is documented through history in books of various kinds that have the potential to contribute to studies on the transmission of plant knowledge. This dataset represents data collected from two key Norwegian historical sources of plant knowledge: Flora Norvegica (J.E. Gunnerus, 1766-1776): A major Enlightenment natural history work in Norway. Published in Trondheim in 1766, this was the first explicitly Norwegian flora. It gives an insight in the Norwegian daily life in that period through descriptions of plant uses. Planter og Tradisjon: Floraen i levende tale og tradisjon i Norge 1925-1973 (O.A. Høeg, 1974): Norway's most important ethnobotanical compilation. Høeg corresponded with informants all over Norway to document what was left of oral traditions related to plants. Most of the data is presented as he received from the informants. To organise the plant use data systematically, the use reports have been categorized into 10 main use categories with sub-categories under each. The geographical location and vernacular names mentioned with the use reports have also been documented.

The personnel involved in the project:

Anneleen Kool

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers e1fd4493-a11a-438d-a27f-ca3ca5152f6b
https://ipt.gbif.no/resource?r=nhm-plant-uses