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CASTANEDA SIFUENTES, Roxana et al. Wild plants used as fodder in Pisha, Ancash. Ecol. apl. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.2, pp.153-168. ISSN 1726-2216.

A detailed work on the plant species used as fodder by the villagers of Pisha is presented. Data such as common names, plants' origins, types of animals that consume them, parts used, ways of foddering, habits, plant formation distributions and ways of foddering, are included. Samples were recollected by ethnobotanical walks, and cultural data were recorded by free listing and semistructured interviews to 102 local villagers. A total of 117 species, with 114 common names, in 98 genera and 34 families, were recorded. Families with higher frequency of use were Poaceae (19.5%) and Asteraceae (17.8%). Around 70.1% of the plants reported are herbs, 26.5% are shrubs, 2.6% are trees, and 0.9% are subshrubs. 109 species (66.9%) are fed to cattle; 50 (30.7%) to minor animals, and 4 (2.4%) to birds. 28 species are exclusively used as fodder, whereas the rest were used also as medicinal, food, fuel, and toxic, and even for social, environmental and ethnoveterinary purposes.

Keywords : Fodder; conservation; Ethnobotany; foraging; Pisha-Ancash.

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