“Etnobotanica in Calabria”: a special recognition tribute to the rural world of Calabria. Five-hundred and thirty (530) plants are portrayed from the scientific, historical and cultural point of view in a publication (Rubbettino editore, pp. 341, 25€) which is a work among the most complete and fascinating in the Italian ethno-botany landscape. Oral memory and science are investigated and mixed with accuracy and intelligence by experts with a strong education, but mainly moved by a tireless passion for their own habitat.
The Ethnobiology Study Centre of Valli Cupe Natural Reserve makes available an exceptional means to know more about the relationship between man and nature and culture and nature, which bases its roots on a millennial euro- Mediterranean tradition. Flowers and plants represent the chronicle of an old daily story told by trees, men, hands, means of work and leisure, objects of an agricultural archaeology which is relived in the present. It is not only about science. Do you know that in the forest there is a plant which no one ever managed to identify (the plant of loss, in dialect “l’erva do perdimìantu”) and – if you walk on it unintentionally- it is able to make you lose your sense of bearing, no matter if you are the most expert person in the knowledge of the places?