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Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences

Identification, domestication and conservation of plants used in managing ruminant animals in Ekiti-State, Southwestern Nigeria

Olanipekun Mary Kehinde

Accepted 15 November, 2014

Citation: Olanipekun MK (2014). Gamma Identification, domestication and conservation of plants used in managing ruminant animals in Ekiti-State, Southwestern Nigeria. Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences, 1(1): 002-010.

Copyright: © 2014. Olanipekun MK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited. 


Field studies were conducted to investigate the medicinal plants through identification, collection and domestication of plants in Southwestern, Nigeria.

Semi-structured Questionnaires, personal interview, group consensus and review of available records showed that 52 botanicals belonging to 29 families were used in treating different ailments affecting ruminant animals in the study area. It was observed that 22 of the botanicals were described as being abundant. Eight out of all the botanicals were endangered and domesticated. The initial growth of the domesticated plants shows that the plants have relatively slow growth of survival, thus conservation measures were proposed. Various sources at which the identified plants could be derived were ranging from forest area, common area, household farm, household area  while some were  purchased. The type of plants found in a location is dependent on the geographical location. Thus, 38.9 %  of the plants  species were found at the primary source and this form the highest among the various sources. It was also discovered that the medicinal plants were used for other purposes such as erosion control, shade, wind breaker, boundary demarcation, animal fodder among others.

Key words: Botanicals, domestication, conservation, forest, boundary, endangered