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Table 1 Matrix of preference ranking of 18 bee forage plants by 14 key informants (traditional apiculturalists)

From: An iconic traditional apiculture of park fringe communities of Borena Sayint National Park, north eastern Ethiopia

Species Key informants
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 Score Rank
Dombeya torrida 18 17 17 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 246 1
Erica arborea 17 18 18 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 244 2
Olinia rochetiana 15 16 15 14 16 16 8 2 2 15 16 16 16 16 183 3
Trifolium semipilosum 14 14 2 16 14 13 16 15 16 14 15 12 13 7 181 4
Vernonia rueppelli 7 11 13 11 11 10 14 13 8 13 9 10 11 9 150 5
Thymus schimperi 13 3 8 13 10 8 12 16 12 10 12 7 10 12 146 6
Lobelia rhynchopetalum 16 13 7 6 13 11 13 8 11 11 14 8 7 4 142 7
Ekebergia capensis 11 9 16 8 15 15 6 6 4 8 3 13 6 15 135 8
Hagenia abyssinica 2 8 10 12 1 12 15 10 9 5 11 4 15 14 128 9
Myrsine melanophloeos 9 5 4 9 6 4 9 9 6 16 10 11 14 1 113 10
Apodytes dimidiata 1 15 14 3 12 14 3 4 5 3 4 14 5 13 110 11
Buddleja polystachya 10 6 3 4 5 9 10 14 15 12 8 2 2 8 108 12
Hypericum revolutum 6 10 6 5 2 7 7 12 7 6 13 6 8 10 105 13
Nuxia congesta 4 7 9 7 9 3 5 11 13 7 6 5 4 5 95 14
Hypoestes forskaolii 12 12 12 15 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 15 9 2 94 15
Rubus steudneri 8 4 5 0 8 6 4 7 10 9 5 3 12 6 87 16
Myrica salicifolia 5 1 1 1 7 5 11 5 14 4 7 1 3 3 68 17
Scolopia theifolia 1 2 11 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 1 11 47 18