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Table 1 Top ten frequently mentioned wild food plants and their salience at the whole area level and at ethnic group level

From: A comparison of the wild food plant use knowledge of ethnic minorities in Naban River Watershed National Nature Reserve, Yunnan, SW China

Species General Lahu Hani Dai Han
S Use freq. Rank S Use freq. Rank S Use freq. Rank S Usefreq. Rank S Use freq. Rank
Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw. 0.53 0.7 1 0.562 0.68 2 0.50 0.7 1 0.61 0.78 1 0.32 0.51 5
Musa acuminata Colla 0.48 0.7 2 0.561 0.76 1 0.35 0.56 4 0.54 0.77 2 0.47 0.73 4
Oenanthe javanica (Blume) DC. 0.287 0.45 3 0.25 0.39 6 0.42 0.59 2 0.30 0.54 4 0.30 0.51 6
Houttuynia cordata Thunb. 0.284 0.49 4 0.30 0.57 3 0.32 0.52 7 0.17 0.34 7 0.22 0.45 8
Solanum americanum Miller 0.27 0.41 5 0.24 0.3 7 0.38 0.54 3 0.27 0.46 5 0.14 0.18 11
Piper longum L. 0.26 0.4 6 0.21 0.35 5 0.10 0.18 21 0.46 0.58 3 0.32 0.49 5
Elatostema acuminatum (Pair.) Brongn. 0.25 0.37 7 0.30 0.46 4 0.23 0.34 9 0.05 0.11 22 0.53 0.65 2
Ficus auriculata Lour. 0.21 0.41 8 0.20 0.34 8 0.24 0.45 8 0.16 0.32 9 0.18 0.41 9
Elsholtzia kachinensis Parin 0.19 0.34 9 0.14 0.26 9 0.33 0.49 6 0.15 0.43 10 0.13 0.24 13
Bauhinia variegata L. 0.14 0.32 10 0.09 0.24 13 0.19 0.44 10 0.13 0.31 12 0.24 0.47 7
  1. Species are ranked based on the Smith’s S index and ordered based on S index at the area level. S Smith’s S index, Use freq. use frequency.