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Table 4 Use categories and use reports

From: An ethnobotany survey of wild plants used by the Tibetan people of the Yadong River Valley, Tibet, China

The first category The second category Criteria No. of species Use reports
Food Fruits Fruits that were only eaten when they were ripe, such as apple, pear, strawberry 28 534
  Vegetable Plants material what were used to cook dishes (including making salads directly with raw plant material 15 408
  Seasoning Plants that could be added to dishes or soups to increase the flavour of food 7 148
  Starches Plants that could be used as a direct starch supplement (e.g., tuberous or rhizome of some plants) or processed into starch 3 86
  Beverages Plants that could be processed into homemade liqueurs or alcoholic beverages and processed into herbal teas 1 1
Economic plant   The living plant, plant part, or derived product that can be traded 53 560
Medicine Medicine for human Plants that could be used by local people to treat diseases of human 43 761
  Veterinary medicine Plants that could be used by local people to treat diseases of animals 10 44
Animal feed Fodder Food (herb) for horses and farm animals 16 107
  Browse Food (leaves of wooden plants) for horses and farm animals 2 6
Social uses Ritual uses Plants used in social scenarios, such as incense 11 165
  Somoking substitute Plants that are substitutes for tobacco 1 1
Fuel Fuelwood Wood used for fuel 4 49
Materials Dyes Plants that can be used to dye something 3 13
  Crafts Plants for making crafts, such as wooden bowls 1 1
  Paper making Raw materials for papermaking 1 1
Environmental uses Oranmentals Plants that can be used for ornamental purposes, such as potted plants, headdresses 3 13
  Season indicators Plants that can indicate the arrival of the season 3 11
Other uses Tools Plants that can be used to make tools, such as containers, cookware 9 117
  Repellent Plants used to repel mosquitoes 1 2