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Table 1 Ethnobotanical indicators analyzed through the dataset

From: The resource availability hypothesis (RAH) and cross-cultural patterns: which one explains West African Cochlospermum species’ uses in Benin?

Questions Item’s groups Indexes Formulas
Use categories Medicinal, food, handicraft, construction, fodder, dye, magic, fuel, veterinary, cosmetic Use value \(UVs = \sum {UV_{{is}} } {\raise0.7ex\hbox{${{\text{x}}^{1} }$} \!\mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{{\text{x}}^{1} } {N_{s} }}}\right.\kern-\nulldelimiterspace} \!\lower0.7ex\hbox{${N_{s} }$}}\)
UVis: the use value of the species s for an informant i and Ns the total number of persons interviewed for the species s
\(UV_{{is}} = \sum {U_{{is}} } {\raise0.7ex\hbox{${{\text{x}}^{1} }$} \!\mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{{\text{x}}^{1} } {N_{s} }}}\right.\kern-\nulldelimiterspace} \!\lower0.7ex\hbox{${N_{s} }$}}\)
Ui: the number of uses mentioned by each informant for species, n: the total number of informants. [44]
Organs exploited Rootstock, root bark, leaf, stem, stem's bark, fruit, fibber, flower, seed Index value of organ (IVO) \(IVO = \sum {N_{{ui}} } {\raise0.7ex\hbox{${{\text{x}}^{1} }$} \!\mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{{\text{x}}^{1} } {N_{{tu}} }}}\right.\kern-\nulldelimiterspace} \!\lower0.7ex\hbox{${N_{{tu}} }$}}\)
Nui: the number of use patterns of each organ quoted by informants i and Ntu the total number of uses of all organs quoted by the informants N. [45]
Commercial value Yes/no Index of commercial value (ICV) \(ICV = I_{p} /I \times 100\%\)
Ip: the number of informants answering positively to sell the species plant parts and I: the total number of informants questioned (adapted from Lozano et al. [13])
Species abundance   Density (Ni) \(Ni = n_{i} /S\)
Ni, the abundance in the plot i; ni, the number of individuals in the plot i,and S the area (1 ha)
Species dynamic Increase, decrease, stable Citation frequency (FC) \(FC = N_{p} /N_{t} x100\%\)
Np: the number of times a particular response was mentioned and Nt: the total number of informants questioned (adapted from Faruque et al. [46])
Harvesting modes Axe, hoe, machete   
Conservation management practices Seeding, assisted natural regeneration, partial harvest, fallowing areas, weeding protection