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- Ethnobotanical study of wild edible plants in Derashe and Kucha Districts, South Ethiopia

The result of the study revealed that knowledge about the edibility, habitat distribution, harvesting time and uses of most wild edible plant species is still maintained among the study communities. The preservation of this knowledge appears to be the result of continued reliance of local communities on the wild edible plants. Analysis of the results showed that in all study communities, most of the edible plants are used mainly by children and poor families both during normal and difficult times. Utility of the wild edible plants especially by younger community members ensure the maintenance of indigenous knowledge associated with the species. However, the decline in use of some famine edible species may gradually lead to the fading away of the indigenous knowledge associated with the plants. The results also revealed that many wild species are under growing pressures from various anthropogenic factors. Thus, public awareness and community based management need to be encouraged at all levels alongside of urgent collection of germplasm. The findings suggest further investigation into nutritional profiles and processing methods of all the species reported and study of the pharmacological properties for the nutraceutical species since they are also used for medicinal applications.

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