Sesotho names for exotic and indigenous edible plants in southern Africa

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A comprehensive checklist of Sesotho names of both indigenous and exotic food plants is presented, based on a literature survey and the first author's experience. The list includes the scientific names, English common names and parts of the plant that are used. Where possible, the origin or meaning of the Sesotho names is given. Exotic edible plants for which the English common names are in general use have been excluded. The list includes 164 indigenous and 39 names of exotic species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


  • Edible plants
  • Exotic plants
  • Indigenous plants
  • Sesotho
  • Southern Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science


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