Table 1. Forage species included in this study, with their uses and importance ranking according to focus groups with men and women. Animals are P = pigs, Ch = chickens, T = turkeys, H = horses, Sh = sheep, C = cattle.

Maya name Scientific name Family Code1 Voucher2 Ranking3 Animals fed
Men Women P Ch T H Sh C
Púut ch'íich' Carica papaya L. Caricaceae CARI 362 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ya'ax kanal Psychotria nervosa Swartz Rubiaceae PSYC 263, 279, 296 1 2 1 1 1 1
K'an chim Panicum sp. Poaceae PANI 272 1 2 1 1 1 1
Ya'axnik Vitex gaumeri Greenm. Verbenaceae VITE 266 1 2 1 1 1
Ch'ilitu'ux Acalypha unibracteata Muell. Arg. Euphorbiaceae ACAL 330 1 3 1 1 1 1
X-K'o'och Cecropia peltata L. Cecropiaceae CECR 267, 276 1 3 1 1 1
Yo'och oop' tsíimin Petrea volubilis L. Verbenaceae PETR 252 1 3 1 1 1
Jobom k'áak' Euphorbia heterophylla L. Euphorbiaceae EUPH 264 1 . 1 1 1
Paak' um paak' Desmodium incanum D.C. Fabaceae DESM 282 1 . 1 1 1
Tah Viguiera dentata (Cav.) Spreng. var. heliantoides (HBK.) Blake Asteraceae VIGU 333 1 . 1 1 1
Toplanxix Melanthera aspera (Jacq.) Small Asteraceae MELA 265 1 . 1 1 1
K'aniste' Pouteria campechiana (HBK.) Baehni Sapotaceae POUT 269 1 . 1 1 1
Xeret' Centrosema schotti K. Schum. Fabaceae CENT 310 1 . 1 1 1
Chak kanal Hamelia patens Jacq. Rubiaceae HAME 245, 297 1 . 1 1
Toon toon tsíimin Passiflora pedata L. Passifloraceae PASS 309 1 . 1
Telkox Phytolacca icosandra L. Phytolaccaceae PHYT 311 3 3 1
Paux Trema micrantha (L.) Blume Ulmaceae TREM 242 3 . 1 1 1
1 This code, the first four letters of the genus name, is used to indicate species in the figures
2 S. Dalle collection numbers
3 Rankings represent the perceived importance of each species relative to other forage plants; Rank 1 is the most important, Rank 3 the least.