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Table 4 Cultural importance index of dye-yielding plants used by Bai people

From: Indigenous knowledge of dye-yielding plants among Bai communities in Dali, Northwest Yunnan, China

Scientific name Use purposes CI
Dye Food Medicine Others
Strobilanthes cusia (Nees) O. Kuntze 328 103 337 153 (OR) 2.67
Punica granatum L. 253 344 73 213 (OR) 2.57
Gardenia jasminoides Ellis 264 25 298 269 (OR) 2.49
Morus alba L. 177 344 275   2.31
Juglans regia L. 274 344 112   2.12
Diospyros Kaki L.f. 159 344 57 83 (OR) 1.87
Cyclobalanopsis delavayi (Franch.) Schott. 312   261 64 (FI) 1.85
Curcuma longa L. 269 46 243 73 (OR) 1.83
Impatiens balsamina L. 287   143 174 (OR) 1.76
Carthamus tinctorius L. 241   313   1.61
Coptis chinensis Franch. 212   317   1.54
Allium cepa L. 149 344 9   1.46
Onosma paniculatum Bur. et Fr. 291   197   1.42
Caesalpinia sappan Linn. 247   211   1.33
Rubia cordifolia L. 271   179   1.31
Hibiscus sabdariffa Linn. 93 76 274   1.29
Alnus ferdinandi-coburgii Schneid. 317   84 41 (FI) 1.28
Coriaria nepalensis Wall. 321   39 46 (FI) 23 (FE) 1.25
Quercus acutissima Carruth. 301   33 78 (FI) 1.20
Eupatorium adenophora Spreng. 301   16 12 (FE) 0.96
Buddleja officinalis Maxim. 154 21 47   0.65
Bidens pilosa L. 156   27 8 (FE) 0.56
Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (Mast.) Kitamura 65 39 13 21 (OR) 0.40
  1. Ranked by CI values from high to low
  2. OR ornamental, FI firewood, FE fertilizer, CI cultural importance index