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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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Ethnobotanical survey of indigenous leafy vegetables consumed by the populations of the prefecture of Lobaye in the Central African Republic


Volume 40, Issue 1, July 2023, Pages 179–192

 Ethnobotanical survey of indigenous leafy vegetables consumed by the populations of the prefecture of Lobaye in the Central African Republic

Madiapevo Stephane Nazaire1, Ndotar Michel2, Xavier Worowounga3, and Mandago Jean Bedel4

1 Faculty of Sciences, University of Bangui, Central African Republic
2 Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Bangui, Central African Republic
3 Laboratoire d’Architecture, d’Analyse et Réactivité des Substances Naturelles (LAARSN) Faculté des Sciences, Université de Bangui, BP908 Bangui, Central African Republic
4 Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Bangui, Central African Republic

Original language: English

Copyright © 2023 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


Several nations have integrated food security for a long time, thus undertaking a fight against malnutrition in all its forms. This work aimed to inventory the indigenous leafy vegetables of the prefecture of Lobaye in the Central African Republic. To do this, an ethnobotanical survey was conducted among 144 people. The survey was carried out during the period from May to October 2022. In total, sixty-three (63) species were identified, grouped into forty-six (46) genera and belonging to thirty-one (31) botanical families. The sub-prefecture of Pissa totals 56 species, that of Boda 54 and 48 for that of M’baïki. The most represented families are Tiliaceae (6 species) and Moraceae (5 species). The analysis of ethnobotanical data revealed that the leaf is the most used organ (95.24%); 66.67% of leafy vegetables are consumed as complementary nutritional sources while 33.33% are functional foods. Cooking is the most used method of preparation (98.41%). The biological forms that produce more leaves consumed are herbs (38.09%). The habitat of these species is in particular the forest, fallow land and fields. The well-known species (50 to 100%) are fourteen (14) in number or 22.22% of the total specimens. In addition, the results showed that fourteen (14) LFI species are subject to significant trade in local markets. This study showed that there is still a high diversity of LFI species in the prefecture of Lobaye in the Central African Republic.

Author Keywords: Ethnobotany, indigenous leafy vegetables, rural environment, Lobaye (Central African Republic).


How to Cite this Article


Madiapevo Stephane Nazaire, Ndotar Michel, Xavier Worowounga, and Mandago Jean Bedel, “Ethnobotanical survey of indigenous leafy vegetables consumed by the populations of the prefecture of Lobaye in the Central African Republic,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 179–192, July 2023.