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Ethnobotanical Survey of Fodder/Forage Plant Species in Range and Farming Systems in the Savannahs of Ngoketunjia, North Western Cameroon
Celestine Fonyikeh-Bomboh Lucha1, 2* and George Bindeh Chuyong2
1Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Science, P.O Box 67, University of Dschang, Cameroon
2Department of Botany and Plant Physiology, Faculty of Science, P.O Box 63, University of Buea, Cameroon
*Corresponding author

The world is changing. Desertification, climate change, non-sustainable agricultural and environmental practices like bush fires are leading to decrease in biological diversity and the appearance of invasive species. Ethnobotanical surveys were carried out in the 13 villages of Ndop, Ngoketunjia Division, Cameroon, to explore the ethnobotanical knowledge of the local people in Ngoketunjia Division; to raise awareness among the local community about the protection of native fodder/forage flora; and to propose guidelines for proper utilization, management and conservation of useful plants and the landscape, contributing in improving on the livelihood of the rural and urban population. Regular field trips were made and data were collected using Show and Tell Semi-structured Interviews employing a checklist of questions, guided field walks, discussions and direct field observations. The plant inventory of 151 species belonging to 105 genera and 44 families was constructed, including their common/vernacular name, life form, part used, animal, threats and availability of these plants. The leaves of these species were the most commonly used plant parts. Plants were collected, identified, preserved, mounted and voucher specimens were deposited at the National Herbarium and the University of Dschang Herbaria for future references.  

Keywords: Ethnobotany,Fodder/Forage plants,Ngoketunjia,North-western Cameroon, Savannahs
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Lucha, C. F., Chuyong, G. B., 2016. Ethnobotanical survey of fodder/forage plant species in range and farming systems in the savannahs of Ngoketunjia, North Western Cameroon.Int.J.Curr.Res.Biosci.Plantbiol. 3(6): 50-72. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcrbp.2016.306.008