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Table 2 Rank values assigned by each informant for each of the 10 preferred medicinal plants

From: Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plant species used by communities around Mabira Central Forest Reserve, Uganda

Medicianl plant species Plant parts used Key ailments treated Key informants (n = 12) value/120 Rank
A B C D E F G H I J K L   
Vernonia amygdalina Leaves, Roots Malaria, Convulsions, stomachache 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 120 1st
Mormodica feotida Leaves Body odour 8 9 9 9 9 8 7 8 7 6 7 8 95 2nd
Warbugia ugandensis Bark Cough, flue 5 8 7 7 8 9 9 6 5 7 9 9 89 3rd
Prunus africana Leaves, Bark Fainting, prostate cancer 9 5 8 8 7 7 8 4 9 8 8 7 88 4th
Piptadeniastrum africana Leaves, Bark Cough 7 7 6 6 5 4 5 7 8 9 5 6 75 5th
Erythrina abyssinica Bark Yellow fever, convulsions, anaemia, infertility hiccup, stop vomiting 6 6 5 4 6 6 6 9 6 5 2 5 66 6th
Albizia corriaria Bark Cough, swollen rectum, skin rash 1 4 4 5 4 5 4 5 4 4 6 4 50 7th
Spathodea campanulata Leaves, Bark, roots Pregnancy care, infertility, skin infections, hernia 4 3 3 1 3 2 3 3 2 1 4 3 32 8th
Mondia whitei Roots Stimulate sexual potency, energy booster 2 1 2 3 1 3 2 1 3 3 1 2 24 9th
Alstonia boonei Bark Malaria 3 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 21 10th
  1. Key scores in the table indicate ranks given to medicinal plants based on their efficacy and availability by informants. Highest number (10) for medicinal plant which informants thought most effective in treating ailments and available and the lowest (1) for the least effective and rare. The criterion for considering key ailments was all aiments that were mentioned by informants during interviews