Wild Plant Utilization of the Balese and the Efe of the Ituri Forest, the Republic of Zaire
Faculty of Education, Fukui University
Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
Quite many plants are used by the Balese cultivations and the Efe hunter-gatherers who live in the midst of the tropical rain forest of Zaire. In total, 533 pieces of use information on 281 plants were gathered and presented here with scientific names, botanical information, usage categories, the etymology of vernacular names, and comparative notes with the plant utilization observed among the Tetri net-hunters by Tanno (1981).
Key Words: Pygmy hunter-gatherers; Sifting cultivators; Tropical rain forest; Wild plant utilization; Ethnobotany; Zaire.
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