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Singapore Journal of Scientific Research
  Year: 2018 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 8-13
DOI: 10.3923/sjsres.2018.8.13
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Ethnobotany and Conservation of Indigenous Vegetables in Ekiti State, Nigeria
Damilola Grace Ogunrotimi , Joshua Kayode and Adewale Femi Odesola

Background and Objective: In recent times, traditional knowledge about indigenous vegetables among the younger generation is very minimal and their consumption in homes has declined, hence their underutilization. An ethnobotanical inventory of indigenous vegetables was carried out in towns and villages drawn from the three different senatorial districts in Ekiti State (Ekiti North, Ekiti Central and Ekiti South) to obtain information about the people’s knowledge and use of indigenous vegetables. Materials and Methods: Informal interviews and semi-structured questionnaires were distributed to residents with adequate information about vegetable species. Results: About 23 indigenous vegetable species belonging to 11 different families stated to be of great nutritional and medicinal values were identified and documented during the survey. Most the vegetables were from the families Solanaceae, Asteraceae and Amaranthaceae. Leaves and stems of the vegetables were majorly utilized, informants stated that sun-drying was the mode of preservation; however they preferred to consume the vegetables fresh. About half of the vegetables were said to be cultivated by only a few farmers while others were collected from the wild. Their habits range from herbs, shrubs and climbers to trees. A relatively high proportion of the species were said to be available during both the dry and rainy seasons while a few were only available during the rainy season. Conclusion: There is, therefore; a need for the proper conservation and domestication of these vegetables so as to ensure sustainability, combat malnutrition and improve food security.
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Damilola Grace Ogunrotimi, Joshua Kayode and Adewale Femi Odesola, 2018. Ethnobotany and Conservation of Indigenous Vegetables in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Singapore Journal of Scientific Research, 8: 8-13.

DOI: 10.3923/sjsres.2018.8.13








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