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Table 3 Non medicinal uses of medicinal plants in Babungo.

From: An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants in Babungo, Northwest Region, Cameroon

Scientific name Family Local name Use
Aframomum melegueta K.
Zingiberaceae Iswo Used for driving away evil spirits.
Afrostyrax kamerunensis Perkins & Gilg Huaceae Fulong Used as a spice.
Agave sisalana Perrine Agavaceae Nseng Production of fibres.
Allium sativum L. Alliaceae Garlic Used as a spice.
Amaranthus hybridus L. Amaranthaceae Fih Eaten as a leaf vegetable.
Annanas comosus (L.) Merr. Bromeliaceae Pineapple The fruits are edible.
Bersama abyssinica Fresen. Melianthaceae Fuaveti Timber used for construction.
Bidens pilosa L. Asteraceae Shoctesuc Whole plant is burn to repel insects.
Bryophylum pinnatum
(Lam.) Oken
Crassulaceae Juteweh The juice from the leaves is used to remove stains.
Caladium spp. Araceae Lala Ornamental plant.
Canarium schweinfurthii
Burseraceae Tibew The latex is burnt to drive away evil spirits. The fruits are edible and the wood is used as timber.
Capsicum annuum L. Solanaceae Nyanta The fruits are added to food.
Capsicum frutescens L. Solanaceae Nyantafesucse The fruits are added to food.
Carica papaya L. Caricaceae Pawpaw The fruits are edible.
Citrus aurantium L. Rutaceae Orange The fruits are edible.
Citrus limon (L.) Burm.f. Rutaceae Lemon The fruit juice is added to some herbal teas.
Cola acuminata (P. Beauv.)
Schott & Endl.
Sterculiaceae Ibi The seeds are served to guest to chew.
Colocasia esculenta (L.)
Araceae Ndai The tubers are edible.
Cordia platythyrsa
Boranginaceae Ibokwing The wood is used for carving.
Croton macrostachus
Hochst ex Delile
Euphorbiacea Njang The wood is used for carving, fuel wood and for tool handles.
Cymbopogon citratus (D.C)
Poaceae Ghaishek The leaves are used for tea.
Elaeis guinensis Jacq. Arecaceae Iteh The fruits used for making palm oil and the kernels for palm kernel oil. Palm wine is tapped from the tree.
Entada abyssinica Steud. ex
A. Rich.
Mimosaceae Fundung The leaves are used for fodder.
Eryngium foetidium (L.)
Apiaceae Bulung The plant repels snakes.
Eucalyptus spp. Myrtaceae 'Forest guide' The wood is used for construction, furniture and for making xylophones.
Ficus exasperata Vahl Moraceae Ngwase The leaves are used to scrub and clean kitchen utensils.
Ficus thonningii Blume Moraceae Ngung Used for life fences.
Jateorhiza macrantha
(Hook.f.) Exell & Mendonça
Menispermaceae   The leaves are used as toilet tissue in the bush.
Kigelia africana (Lam.)
Bignoniaceae Thai The wood is used for construction and tool handles.
Lantana camara L. Verbenaceae 'Flower' Ornamental plant.
Mangifera indica L. Anacardiaceae 'Mango' The fruit pulp is eaten.
Markhamia lutea (Benth.)
K.Schum ex Engl.
Bignoniaceae Bengtifua/
Provides shade. The wood is used for tool handles and carving.
Musa paradisiaca L. Musaceae Yuck The fruits are eaten.
Musa sapientum L. Musaceae Nkwili The ripe fruits are eaten.
Nicotiana tabacum L. Solanaceae Ndobo The dried leaves are smoked.
Ocimum basilicum L. Lamiaceae Zwitefua A decoction of the leaves is used to bath children who cry at night.
Ocimum gratissimum L. Lamiaceae Fulungfu The plant serves as insect repellent.
Piliostigma thonningii
(Schum.) Milne-Redh.
Caesalpiniaceae Bing The wood is used for construction.
Polyscias fulva (Hiern.)
Araliaceae Vai The wood is used for making xylophones.
Prunus africana (Hook.f.)
Rosaceae 'Kanda stick' The wood is used for construction and for tool handles.
Psidium guajava L. Myrtaceae Guava The fruit is edible.
Raphia hookeri G.Mann & H.Wendl. Arecaceae Kho Sap from the palm is drunk as wine.
Ricinus communis L. Euphorbiaceae Medjai The seeds are used in the production of castor oil.
Sorghum bicolor (L.)
Poaceae Saigini The grains are edible.
Spathodea campanulata
Bignoniaceae Tibaibai The wood is used for firewood and for making drums.
Trema orientalis (L.) Blume Ulmaceae Fai The wood is used for building houses.
Vernonia amygdalina Delile Asteraceae Ying The leaves are edible.
Voacanga Africana Stapf. Apocynaceae Thau The seeds have a commercial Value.
Zea mays L. Poaceae Sai The grains are the main staple food.