Département de l'Environnement, Section de Socio-Economie de l'Environnement, Laboratoire de Sociologie de l'Environnement, Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles de Lwiro, DS/Bukavu, Sud-Kivu, Bukavu, RD Congo
Floristic Survey of wild food plants in Irhambi-Katana, Bugorhe and Miti Districts, South-Kivu, D.R. Congo. To encounter periods of food shortages and undernourishment problem domestication of wild food plants is very essential. We present here an inventory of the edible plants of Irhambi-Katana, Bugorhe and Miti counties of Kabare Territory in the surrounding areas of Kahuzi-Biega National Park. This is essential in view to establish these plants as food source after subsequent Chemical evaluation. From 226 respondents interviewed 13 plant species belonging to 12 families are known to be edible in these rural communities. The species of Capparidaceae family is more frequent (16,3 %) followed by species from Pteridiaceae and Myrsinaceae families (13,4 %) and species from Dioscoreaceae (7,8 %). Other plant species less frequent are respectively from Melastromantaceae, Musaceae, Solanaceae, Cyperaceae, Hippocrateaceae, Myrtaceae, Sapindaceae and Verbenaceae plant families. Plant leafs are the most consumed parts. Fruit trees are less known and must be more popularized.