Germplasm of medicinal and aromatic plant species in the Parco della Favorita in Palermo city (Sicily, Italy)
Despite high urbanization, the city of Palermo (Sicily, Italy) has a good level of plant biodiversity. The Parco della Favorita is the largest green space in the city. It covers an area of 400 ha and is the green lung of the city. The Parco della Favorita is home to many wild species of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). This study aims to promote the Favorita Park as an urban green area to be used for educational purposes to raise awareness for the medicinal and food uses of MAPs. Nineteen plant species belonging to fifteen botanical families were identified. The most representative plant species were Foeniculum vulgare, Laurus nobilis, Capparis spinosa and Malva sylvetsris. Some of these plant species are used in traditional medicine, while others in various Sicilian culinary dishes.
Tuttolomondo, T., La Bella, S., Venturella, G., Gargano, M.L., Leto, C., Virga, G., Gennaro, M.C. and Licata, M. (2017). Germplasm of medicinal and aromatic plant species in the Parco della Favorita in Palermo city (Sicily, Italy). Acta Hortic. 1189, 505-508
urban park, urban biodiversity, conservation