Catherine Vera NNAMANI, Happiness Ogba OSELEBE, Emmanuel Okorie OKPORIE


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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