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Table 1 Different uses of Ravenala madagascariensis recorded among the local people in Ambalabe with their frequency

From: Ethnobotanical and economic value of Ravenala madagascariensisSonn. in Eastern Madagascar

Use category Uses Parts used Frequency (%) Salience
Human food Cooked as vegetable Heart 57.8 0.394
Animal food Fodder for domestic animals (zebu) Heart 1.7 0.003
Construction Floor Trunk 64.7 0.461
Roofs Leaves 50 0.404
Wall Petioles and trunk 42.2 0.303
Beehives Trunk 3.4 0.024
Chicken coops Leaves 1.7 0.012
Gable Trunk 0.9 0.009
Doors Petioles 0.9 0.003
Environmental uses Cultivated in the garden as ornamental plant Whole plant 0.9 0.002
Medicinal and veterinary Dizziness Young leaves 1.7 0.011
Stomach-ache Young leaves 1.7 0.006
Regulates albumin levels Heart 0.9 0.003
Utensils and tools Ropes and moorings Petiole fibers 25.9 0.112
Winnowing trays Petioles 15.5 0.066
Spoons Leaves 9.5 0.016
Baskets Petioles 3.4 0.03
Fishing nets Leaf rachis 3.4 0.027
Mats Petioles 2.6 0.017
Cupboard Trunk 0.9 0.006
Chicken baskets Petioles 0.9 0.005
Beds Trunk 0.9 0.004
Mat for food and market display Fresh, whole leaf 0.9 0.004
Dishes Leaves 0.9 0.004
Tables Trunk 0.9 0.002
Other uses Hosts edible larvae Trunk 0.9 0.006