Use of non-edible plant seeds for arts and ornamental designs

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Use of non-edible plant seeds for arts and ornamental designs

Ilondu EM, I. Ekevwe, EE. Lemy
Int. J. Biosci.18( 5), 200-206, May 2021.
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Non-edible plant seeds are found around us and are regarded as waste and nuisance to the environment due to their hardness or pungent odour. Ornamental design unveils the usefulness and aesthetic value of these non-edible plant seeds. Some of these seeds including Flamboyant (Delonix regia), African star apple (Chrysophyllum albidum), Velvet tamarind (Dalium guineense), Nicker nut (Caesalpinia bonduc), Rosary pea (Abrus precatorios), Incense tree (Canarium schwenfurthii), Thorn apple (Datura stramonium), Lucky nut (Thevetia peruviana), Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) and Cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) among others were obtained by handpicking from the ground, or plucked directly from the trees. They were used to make variety of ornaments ranging from Jewelries, Key holders, Wall frames, Prayer beads, Pen vase, Flower vase, as Ornaments on bag and slippers. From this study, nineteen (19) non-edible plant seeds within eight (8) families were used for ornaments. Most of them belong to the family Fabaceae (47.3%), Arecaceae (15.8%), Euphorbiaceae (10.4%), Sapotaceae (5.3%) and Solanaceae (5.3%) among others. The products obtained from this work have shown that non-edible plant seeds are vital instruments to meet man’s desire for beauty, thereby converting these seeds from waste to wealth. This study will stimulate further interest in the students of Economic Botany especially when included in the course content.


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