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Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences-Botany (Started in 1982)
eISSN: 2320-3196
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Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences-Botany (Started in 1982)
Year : 2019, Volume & Issue : BPAS-Botany 38B(2), JUL-DEC 2019
Page No. : 85-92, Article Type : Original Aticle
Article DOI : 10.5958/2320-3196.2019.00012.0 (Received on 15.08.2019, Accepted on 06.11.2019)

Checklist and Conservation of Spices’ Plant Species in Ijesa Region of Osun State, Nigeria

Kayode J1,*, Cole AT2, Obembe MO3
Author’s Affiliation : 1,3Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria 2Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Nigeria

Corresponding Author : Kayode J Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria,
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The spices’ plant species in Ijesa region of Osun State, Nigeria were examined in this study through field observation and interviews with randomly selected respondents using a semi-structured questionnaire matrix. The interviews were focused, conversational and two-way in communication. Spices plant species used and the part(s) of the species used were indentified. The cultivation status of the identified spices’ plant species was defined. Group interviews were conducted in each community to validate the information obtained during the individual interviews. Also the abundance status of the spices’ plant species in each community was determined. A total of 29 spices’ plant species, belonging to 18 families were identified in the region. Thus the identified spices were derived from diverse plant species; most of them were aromatic and pungent and contained various active ingredients. The flower/fruits/seeds formed the major parts used and their extractive methods used were destructive and annihilative. 45% of the identified species were not cultivated but occurred in the wild where a number of anthropogenic activities affect their demography. 28% of these species were rare and they were mostly indigenous tree species that were not cultivated in the study area. Strategies that could ensure sustainable supply of the spices plant species were recommended.


Conservation, spices, Annihilative, Ijesa region
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