Baseline Ethno-phytological study in Danyore Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

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Baseline Ethno-phytological study in Danyore Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Rizwan Karim, Yawar Abbas, Aamir Saleem, Fazal Karim, Saeed Abbas, Ejaz Hussain, Muhammad Awais Rasool, Nawazish Ali
J. Bio. Env. Sci.7( 4), 108-117, October 2015.
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Gathering knowledge about vegetation and its different uses has always been a desire for researchers. This study was conducted in Danyore Valley, 10 Kilometers North of Gilgit city, Pakistan. Data regarding vegetation samples and anthropogenic impacts was collected from different predefined altitudinal levels, starting from 1440 meters to 3000 meters during late summer and mid-spring seasons. Nearly 71 species belonging to 41 families were encountered, out of which 32 were herbs, 14 were trees, 12 were grasses and 13 were shrubs. Asteraceae family was the dominant family with 9 species followed by the family Poaceae with 8 different species, mostly with grass species. Several types of vegetation found are utilized by local community as source of medicine, food, feed, shelter, construction, income and recreation; red marking already depleted resources into line of extinction. However, these resources are being utilized without any planning prevailing and management. Management and conservation planning of forests, medicinal and economic plants, rangelands and agricultural areas is the vital need for current and future need of communities residing in the valley.


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