Indigenous knowledge on ethnobotanical potentials of oowu waterfall for sustainable livelihood and development in climate change
Bello Olunike A, Adewumi Adesewa
The study was carried out to survey the indigenous potentials of plants in Oowu waterfall Owa-kajola, Kwara state for sustainable livelihood and development in climate change. There is little or no information on the ethnobotanical potentials of the area. Therefore, there is need to identify the floral composition and their medicinal potentials with a view of conserving the indigenous knowledge for sustainable livelihood and development in climate change using oral interviews and direct counting through guided field walk. Attempts were made to identify the species present at the centre using descriptive statistics to categorize plants to their Botanical names, families, growth habit and utilization/uses were also highlighted. Twenty (20) different plants species were found belonging to sixteen (16) families. Compositae had the highest occurrence 3(18.75%) while Liliaceae, Araceae, Bombacaceae, Palmae, Moraceae, Anacardiaceae, Nephrolepidaceae, Amarylidaceae, Sapindaceae, Apocynaceae, Rubiaceae, Bromeliaceae, Asteraceae, Mimosaceae and Euphorbiaceae had the least 1(6.25%). Different habits: herbs, shrubs, trees were exhibited. Tree had the highest percentage frequency of occurrence (40%) while shrubs and herbs (30%) had the least. Findings revealed that plants are of great ethnobotanical importance used in curing different ailments. This work will surely be of great assistance to researchers and tourists if the management of Oowu waterfall tourists’ centre which is richly endowed with flora resources will label the species found in the centre using this work. The Government and private investors should invest more capital in developing so that it can improve sustainable livelihood and development in climate change of the area.