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Table 7 Folk classification of enset landraces in Wolaita, Southern Ethiopia

From: Indigenous knowledge, use and on-farm management of enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman) diversity in Wolaita, Southern Ethiopia

Folk classification bases Categories* Characteristics of landrace in each category Landraces recorded in each category (%) (N = 67)
Domestication status Wild (Talahe uutta) Sexually reproduced; occurring naturally in river banks and swampy areas; NA
Cultivated Vegetatively propagated: it occurs in homegarden under farmers' management 67 (100%)
'Gender' of landrace Female (Macca uutta) Early maturing, more tender, with edible corms 24 (36%)
Male (Attuma uutta) Late maturing, fibrous, vigorous, stress tolerant, with non-edible corms 28 (42%)
Use-value of landrace Food use (Katta uutta) Mainly used for enset based foods (Uncca, Itima and Doyisa uutta) 59 (88%)
Non-food Use (Harra goa uutta) Mainly used as a source for fiber, fodder, firewood, medicine, and water 8 (12%)
Eco-geographic (Altitude) adaptability Highland (Geziya uutta) Some landraces are preferentially (e.g. Argama, Maziya) cultivated in highland, although their cultivation also occurs in lowland, otherwise no difference exists between landraces on basis of agro-ecology NSL
  Lowland (Gara uutta)   NSL
  1. *Phrases in parenthesis are in the Wolaita language, Wolaitato Donaa.
  2. NA- Not available.
  3. NSL- No specific landrace grown only in highland or lowland was reported.