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Table 1 List of herbaceous species with their absolute abundance (number of plants in m−2), life forms (LF), functional groups (FG), and palatability category (PC) under three invasion levels of Senna obtusifolia (L.) (NI non-invaded; LI lightly invaded, HI heavily invaded) at two locations, northern Ethiopia

From: Effect of Senna obtusifolia (L.) invasion on herbaceous vegetation and soil properties of rangelands in the western Tigray, northern Ethiopia

Species name Location LF FG PC
Kafta Humera Tsegede
HI LI NI HI LI NI
Acanthospermum hispidum 2.70 0.00 0.00 2.69 0.00 0.00 A F UP
Alysicarpus rugosus 1.83 5.30 5.93 9.88 2.91 4.50 A L LP
Bidens pilosa 2.00 4.00 0.00 1.11 4.00 0.00 A F LP
Brachiaria lata 14.54 10.96 9.77 17.37 14.00 14.84 A G HP
Commelina latifolia 3.40 3.60 0.00 3.45 3.75 0.00 A F LP
Commelina diffusa 0.00 3.20 4.00 1.00 1.60 2.50 A F LP
Corchorus olitorius 2.00 4.25 2.88 2.30 4.00 2.33 A F PL
Corchorus trilocularis 0.00 1.67 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.00 A F LP
Cyperus rotundus 0.00 2.00 4.83 2.00 2.00 0.00 B F LP
Digitaria ternate 0.00 4.20 6.40 2.00 2.00 2.44 A G PL
Echinochloa sp. 0.00 1.67 5.58 0.00 1.00 4.86 A G HP
Hibiscus esculentus 0.00 1.71 1.43 0.00 2.55 2.75 P F PL
Indigofera sp. 4.00 0.00 3.33 0.00 0.00 3.00 A L LP
Ipomoea purpurea 1.00 2.60 3.77 1.60 2.63 4.00 A F HP
Pennisetum glabrum 2.00 0.00 15.60 1.00 0.00 4.00 A G LP
Pennisetum pedicellatum 4.00 8.27 11.96 0.00 2.33 10.13 A G PL
Rhynchosia malacophylla 0.00 4.25 11.00 1.00 4.27 20.58 A L HP
Rhynchosia minima 0.00 1.89 2.50 0.00 0.00 3.07 A L HP
Rottboellia cochinchinensis 0.00 2.56 2.37 0.00 3.07 2.78 A G HP
Sorghum aethiopicum 0.00 1.33 3.06 0.00 2.60 3.56 A G PL
Striga hermonthica 2.43 0.00 0.00 1.78 0.00 0.00 A F UP
Xanthium abyssinicum 2.00 2.09 0.00 2.29 2.11 0.00 A F UP
Zehneria scabra 0.00 1.63 1.30 1.00 1.33 1.33 A F PL
  1. Functional groups: G grasses, L legume, F forbs (neither grass nor legumes); life forms: A annual, P perennial, B biennial; palatability category: HP highly palatable, PL palatable, LP less palatable, UP unpalatable