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Table 5 Cultural importance index (CI) of the 15 most multipurpose species of the Gozamin District, with the CI component of each use category

From: Composition of homegarden plants and cultural use in an indigenous community in Northwest Ethiopia

Species Food Fodder Environmental use Medicine Material Fuel Social use Total CI
Vernonia amygdalina Del   0.36 0.39 0.39 0.25 0.39 0.39 2.17
Cordia africana Lam 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.25 0.35 0.35 0.22 2.23
Cupressus lusitanica Mill 0.27 0.14 0.27   0.27 0.27   1.24
Dracaena steudneri Engl   0.11 0.16 0.16    0.01 0.44
Ficus sur Forssk 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.08 0.10 0.10 0.09 0.68
Ficus vasta Forssk 0.02 0.02 0.02   0.02 0.02 0.02 0.10
Acacia abyssinica Hochst.ex 0.08 0.15 0.15 0.07 0.10 0.15   0.70
Albizia schimperiana Oliv   0.12 0.14 0.11 0.14 0.14 0.11 0.76
Myrica salicifolia Hochst. ex A. Rich   0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02   0.10
Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC. subsp. Guineense 0.03 0.03 0.03   0.02 0.02   0.11
Olea europaea L. subsp. cuspidata (Wall. exG.Don)Cif    0.30 0.28 0.30 0.14 0.30 1.32
Prunus africana (Hook.f.) Kalkm    0.09   0.09 0.09 0.09 0.35
Salix subserrata Willd   0.03 0.03   0.03 0.03 0.03 0.17
Grewia ferruginea Hochst. exA. Rich 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01   0.01   0.06
Celtis africana Burm. f   0.25 0.35   0.35 0.35   1.30
  1. The highest CI = 2.23 was recorded for Cordia africana followed by Vernonia amygdalina (CI = 2.17)