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Title:The Flora of Bossou: Its Utilization by Chimpanzees and Humans
Author:Sugiyama, Yuko
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Guinea
edible plants
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/ASM%20%20Vol.13%20No.3%201992/Yukimura%20SUGIYAMA%20%20Jeremy%20KOMAN.pdf
Abstract:A total of 664 plant species from 392 genera have been identified and listed as the flora of Bossou, in the southeastern corner of the Republic of Guinea. Previously, Bossou must have been covered with a primary and mature forest. However, due to destruction of the forst, 60 percent of the 265 tree species identified were small trees of less than 10 m in height with 55 percent found mostly in secondary forest. Chimpanzees use 246 items (parts of plants) from 200 different plant species for food, but people use only 83 items from 76 species for food. A characteristic feature of human plant use is as traditional medicine, representing 113 items from 81 species. People also use particular species of plants as material for house construction, furniture and other purposes. App., bibliogr., sum.