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Table 2 Geographic characteristics of the study sites

From: Folk knowledge of wild food plants among the tribal communities of Thakht-e-Sulaiman Hills, North-West Pakistan

Village name Elevation (m.a.s.l.) Number of households Soil, area, population, and vegetation
PayorMela 1116 36 The village has stony soil and thin vegetation within the immediate surroundings, but there is a reserved forest and a very fertile valley in the vicinity; population and area of the village are moderate in size.
LandiKutherzai 1052 55 The village contains fertile loamy soil that can support dense and diverse vegetation; it has a large population and a small area that make the surroundings of the village nearly barren; there are no reserve forests nearby.
Zindawar 1146 21 The village contains various types of soil and a diverse flora. It has a small population and a large area; the vegetation is dense and comparatively undisturbed; it also exhibits floral elements of higher altitudes (mountains).
JattyGhbaz 1155 45 The village contains stony soil; the village population is moderately sized but the area is large; the vegetation is relatively dense.
Kurachai 1184 25 The village has mostly stony soil, which cannot support herbaceous flora; it has a restricted area and a modest population; the vegetation is under anthropogenic pressure.
Khuney 2384 16 It exhibits various types of soils and a diverse flora; the village has a large area and a small population; the density and diversity of the surrounding vegetation is moderate.
Goraban 2456 26 The village contains fertile loamy soil; it has a small area and a modest population; the village is located in a type of valley, which shows diverse vegetations.
Ghoshker 2301 37 The village contains mostly stony soil, which cannot support herbaceous flora. It has a moderate area but a large population; the surrounding vegetation is not dense and is under anthropogenic pressure.
Pongah 2562 40 The village possesses various types of soils which supports a diverse flora; it has a modest area but a large population; the surrounding vegetation is moderately dense and diverse.
Land Nishpona 2584 22 The village contains loamy soil and a diverse and dense flora; it has a small population and a large area; the surrounding vegetation is dense and undisturbed.
  1. (Note: The first five villages are foothill villages while the last five villages are mountain/migratory villages)