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Table 3 Wild leafy vegetables and characteristics used for prioritization.

From: Wild leafy vegetables: A study of their subsistence dietetic support to the inhabitants of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India

Name Family Collection period Palatability Medicinal uses Frequency of occurring Quantity used Market value
Allium humile Kunth. Alliaceae March – June Good Yes Frequent Large Yes
*Allium semnovii Regel. Alliaceae March – June Good Yes Rare Small Yes
Allium stracheyi Baker. Alliaceae March – June Good Yes Frequent Large Yes
Allium wallichii Kunth. Alliaceae March – June Good Yes Intermediate Large Yes
*Amaranthus bilatum L. Amaranthaceae June – July Good No Frequent Large No
*Chenopodium foliolosum Hook. Chenopodiaceae March – June Good No Intermediate Medium No
*Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw. Dryopteridaceae April – May Medium No Frequent Large Yes
Fagopyrum debotrys D.Don Polygonaceae March – June Medium Yes Rare Small No
Fagopyrum esculentum Moench. Polygonaceae March – June Medium Yes Frequent Medium No
*Girardinia diversifolia (Link.) Friis. Urticaceae February – May Low Yes Intermediate Small No
*Megacarpaea polyandra Benth. Brassicaceae March – April Good Yes Rare Large Yes
*Paeonia emodi Wall. ex. Royle. Paeoniaceae March Medium Yes Rare Medium Yes
*Phytolacca acinosa Roxb. Phytolaccaceae March – June Low Yes Intermediate Medium Yes
Polygonatum cirrifolium Wall. Convallariaceae March – June Medium Yes Intermediate Medium No
Polygonatum verticillatum L. Convallariaceae March – June Medium Yes Frequest Medium No
Rheum australe L. Polygonaceae March – May Low Yes Frequent Small Yes
Rheum webbianum Royle. Polygonaceae March – May Low Yes Intermediate Small Yes
Rumex hastatus D.Don Polygonaceae March – October Low Yes Frequent Medium No
*Rumex nepalensis Spreng. Polygonaceae March – October Low Yes Intermediate Large Yes
*Smilacina purpurea Wallich. Convallariaceae March – May Medium Yes Rare Medium Yes
Urtica hyperborea Jacq. ex. Wedd. Urticaceae February – June Low Yes Frequent Small No
  1. * species prioritized for detailed assessment