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Abstract, South African Journal of Botany, 2019


• A comprehensive inventory of edible plants of southern Africa is presented.

• The inventory includes 1740 food plant species from 74 sources.
• Apocynaceae has the highest number of edible plants (137 species).
• The diversity in Apocynaceae and Iridaceae is unique for southern Africa.
• Edible plant use patterns differ markedly between 13 language groups.