The Society for Ethnobotany

Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.

About SEB

The Society for Ethnobotany (SEB) is for people exploring the uses of plants and the relationships among plants, cultures, and our environment. In June 2023, the Society’s name changed from the Society for Economic Botany to the Society for Ethnobotany. Ethnobotany, termed “the science of survival,” encompasses a wide variety of studies of plants’ many roles in human affairs.

Our Favorite Plants

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Do you have a favorite plant? What makes a plant interesting and useful? Members of the Society for Ethnobotany have put together short web pages on their favorite plants: Our Favorite Plants. You can read through pages on plants such as wheat, golden root, and belladonna. The Society plans to expand the number of plants on the page. Society for Ethnobotany members are welcome and encouraged to contribute a page on their own favorite plant. For more information contact Blair Orr, (Note: ymail, not gmail).


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SAVE THE DATES! SEB will be joining Botany 2024, June 15-19, 2024.
Click here for more information.

Symposia, Colloquia, and Workshops announced.

Early-Bird Registration and Abstract Submissions END APRIL 5th!

SEB Journal Club

Don't miss this NEW program! Click here to learn more.

SEB 2023 Fall Members-Only Virtual Symposium Recordings

This symposium took place on September 30, 2023 and was open to current SEB members. To access the recordings, SEB members can login here, or at top of this page, and then click on the link for the Symposium. This special symposium, a free event for SEB members, focused on a broad variety of methodologies relevant to ethnobotany. To learn more, click here.

Not an SEB member, or need to renew?
Click here to get started, or, click here to learn more about membership.
Need help with membership? Email Amelia Neely at


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