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Table 5 List of vernacular names recorded per species and their meaning

From: Species richness, cultural importance, and prioritization of wild spices for conservation in the Sudano-Guinean zone of Benin (West Africa)

Species Vernacular names Sociolinguistic groups Meaning of the vernacular names
Aeollanthus pubescens Fé okuta, Kpon’kouta Tchabè Grow on the hills
Aframomum alboviolaceum Gbétakin Fon Bush pepper
Gbétakoun Fon Aframomum melegueta of the bush
Koutchou Adja
Atalè okou Idatcha Bush pepper
  Ibouro
Ebouro Ifè Red fruit
Ibio Nago Red fruit
Bobota Tchabè Red fruit emerging from the ground
   Pungent seeds like A. melegueta’s ones
Okpogloé Mahi Fruits emerging from the ground
Ebo Itcha Red fruit
Aframomum angustifolium Tchankoko Ifè, Nago Tchabè,
Sankoko
Aframomum melegueta Takù Adja
Clausena anisata Azizinma Fon Repel the ants
Tchakatouma Fon Leaves used for making magic to counter tchakatou dark magic
Gbozohouin Fon
Ewé kikani Idatcha
Cymbopogon giganteus Oflin Idatcha
Gbézin Fon
Lippia multiflora Nyenya Fon
Aglàla Fon, Mahi
Aklala sê Mahi Plant with aromatic flower introduced from Accra (Ghana)
Kanhoun Idatcha
Tchagara Ifè Mint flavor
Tchagà Itcha
Kinhoun kinhoun Nago Pleasant flavor
Kanhoun kanhoun Tchabè Pleasant flavor
Monodora tenuifolia Ariwo Idatcha
Piper guineense Kanlin man Adja Liana habit
lènlènkoun Adja
Securidaca longipedunculata Attakpa wanon, Attakpa wanhuin huin Fon Persistent scent of the root’s bark
Kpatalè Idatcha
Thonningia sanguinea Atin madodè Idatcha Leafless plant
Otchoulélé Ifè The flowers appear with the new moon
Uvaria chamae Yaha Idatcha
Yalaha Fon
Xylopia aethiopica Esso Adja
Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides Tchanouwèlè Itcha Pungent taste and pleasant flavor
Sanouyèlè Tchabè Pungent taste and pleasant flavor