Ethnobotanical Study on the Diversity and Utilization of Wild Edible Plants in Majang Zone of Gambella Region, Southwest Ethiopia


Authors : Yohannis Teklu, Abdulaziz Abduljabar

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 7 - July

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Wild edible plants are important source of nutrient and vitamin supplements for indigenous people. This research was conducted in Majang Zone of Gambella Region, Southwest Ethiopia to focus on Ethnobotanical study of the diversity and utility of wild edible plants. The study was carried out between June 2018 and May 2019. Ethnobotanical data were collected by interviewing 84 informants (70 males and 14 females) aged 16-70 years where key informants. Quantitative analytical tools for ethnobotanical methods including simple preference ranking, pair-wise ranking, direct matrix ranking, informant consensus factor and dependability level were employed. Majang zone furnished 77 plant species consumed by the community and among these plants sixty two (62) genera and 37 families. The Moraceae and Cucurbitaceae with six species (7.8%), Diascoraceae with five species (6.49%) and Brassicaceae, Amaranthaceae each with four species (5.19%) species were the most useful edible plants. Most of the wild edible plants were herbs represented with 28 (36.4%) species.

Keywords : Ethnobotany, Fidelity Level, Majang, Informant Consensus, Wild Edible Plant.

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