ASPECT OF ETHNOBOTANY OF TRADITIONAL LEAFY VEGETABLES UTILIZED AS HUMAN FOOD IN RURAL TROPICAL COMMUNITIES

Catherine Vera NNAMANI, Happiness Ogba OSELEBE, Emmanuel Okorie OKPORIE

Abstract


The ethnobotanical survey of traditional leafy vegetables of Izzi clan in Ebonyi State of Nigeria was investigated. Twenty-five traditional leafy vegetables belonging to eighteen plant families were identified and documented with their habits/forms. Majority of these vegetables were from the families of Pipilionaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Tiliaceae and Moraceae. Sixty percent (60 %) of the identified vegetable species were cultivated, while 40 % were collected from the wild or semi-wild. Fifty-two percent (52 %) of the leafy vegetables were tree species, while 4 % were shrubs and 44% were herbs (and or herbaceous climbers). Thirty-two percent (32 %) of these species  were available during the dry season while 68 % were rainy season species. The need for conservation and sustainability of these bioresources are stressed, in order to safeguard them for future generations and avoid their genetic erosion.


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