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Table 7 Average value of direct matrix ranking of plant species based on their general use values (fod = fodder, foo = food, firew = firewood, con = construction, fora = bee forage, furn = furniture, shad = shade and char = charcoal production)

From: Ethnobotanical investigation of medicinal plants in Buska Mountain range, Hamar district, Southwestern Ethiopia

Plant species Use categories
Fod Foo Firw Con Fora Furn Shad Char Total Rank
Acacia mellifera 5 0 5 4 5 4 4 5 32 1st
Balanites aegyptiaca 5 5 3 3 4 2 4 1 27 4th
Cordia africana 3 2 4 4 3 4 4 0 24 6th
Olea europaea 5 1 4 5 4 5 5 2 31 2nd
Syzygium guineense 3 4 3 3 4 3 5 1 26 5th
Tamarindus indica 3 5 2 3 5 4 5 2 29 3rd
Terminalia brownii 4 0 3 4 3 4 3 2 23 7th
Ximenia americana 3 5 2 3 4 2 3 0 22 8th
Total 31 22 26 29 32 28 33 13   
Rank 3rd 7th 6th 4th 2nd 5th 1st 8th