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Table 5 Cultural domain of food plants (140 items) including plants elicited in freelists, as well as those derived through interviews and inventories. (n = 72 informants)

From: Foodways in transition: food plants, diet and local perceptions of change in a Costa Rican Ngäbe community

  1. Abbreviations: Plant part used- R: Storing organs (Roots, rhizomes, tubers, and bulbs), usually underground; L: Leaves; Fl: Flowers; T: Stems (includes bark); t: tender (several parts); Fr: Fruits (exo- and/or mesocarp); S: Seeds; A: Arillus; C: Condiments; Ed: Sweetener; Ac: Oil; Col: Food colouring; I: Indirect uses; Life form- T: Tree; S: Shrub; H: Herb; L: Liana; P: Palm; Agroecosystem mostly found- Ga: Garden; CuA: Annual cultivation field (beans, corn- broadcasting- & rice, cassava, yautia.- slash and burn); CuP: Pluriannual cultivation field (cocoa, coffee, banana-plantain, peach palm, sugarcane); Sh: Shrubland; ESF: Early succesional forest; Fo: Forest; Ri: River; We: Wetland; Be: Beach; Tr: Trails; To: Town (& store). Unkn.: Unknown
  2. Angiosperms (identified)- In gray, key species derived from cultural domain analysis
  3. aThe International Plant Names Index (2012). Published on the Internet [accessed 26 January 2013]