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    Comparative use patterns of plant resources in rural areas of South Africa and Zimbabwe

    Maroyi A, MT Rasethe

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.84, No.2, pp. 288-297, 2015, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2015.84.288

    Abstract Documentation of use patterns of plants across national boundaries is of relevance in understanding the importance of plant resources to livelihood strategies of different ethnic groups. Plant resources have gained prominence as a natural asset through which families derive food, firewood, income, medicines and timber, enabling particularly poor communities to achieve self-sufficiency. The objective of this study was to investigate the trends in plant usage in South Africa and Zimbabwe. An ethnobotanical investigation was conducted between January 2012 and January 2013 in the Limpopo Province, South Africa and the Midlands Province, Zimbabwe. The study used… More >

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