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Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences-Botany (Started in 1982)
eISSN: 2320-3196
pISSN: 0970-4612
Impact Factor: 5.195 (2017)
DOI: 10.5958/2320-3196
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Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences-Botany (Started in 1982)
Year : 2019, Volume & Issue : BPAS-Botany 38B(1), JAN-JUN 2019
Page No. : 11-17, Article Type : Original Aticle
Article DOI : 10.5958/2320-3196.2019.00002.8

Ethnobotany and Conservation of Indigenous Fruit Tree Species in Akoko Division of Ondo State, Nigeria

Chinwe I. Sanni1, Joshua Kayode2*, and Benson O. Ademiluyi3
Author’s Affiliation : 1Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria 2,3Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

Corresponding Author : Joshua Kayode Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Ekiti State University, PMB 5363, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.,
E-Mail:-[email protected]


Abstract

A rapid appraisal method involving direct field observation and interviews was used to identify indigenous fruit trees species (IFTs) in Akoko division of Ondo State, Nigeria. 10 respondents were purposively selected from five rural communities in each of the four local government areas of the division. These respondents have maintained domicile in their respective community for at least 10 years. The respondents were interviewed with the aid of semi-structured questionnaire matrix. The interviews were focused, conversional and two-way in communication. The IFTs were identified; the respondents’ indigenous knowledge on the IFTs and their ethnobotanical values were defined. Also, group interviews were conducted, during revisits to two of the selected communities in each of the Local Governments Areas of the study area. Key informants were identified in each local government area and interviewed on the identified IFTs. A total of 14 IFTs, belonging to 12 families were identified. Only one of the IFTs was being cultivated though wildlings of the IFTs are still being preserved in the study area. The constraints to their cultivations were established and benign strategies that could enhance their conservation were proposed. 

Keywords

Indigenous Fruit, Ethnobotany
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