Determination and analysis of informant consensus factor of medicinal plant species used as remedy in Northern Pakistan

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Determination and analysis of informant consensus factor of medicinal plant species used as remedy in Northern Pakistan

Nazim Hassan, Deli Wang, Zhiwei Zhong, Mohammad Nisar, Yu Zhu
J. Bio. Env. Sci.11( 2), 117-133, August 2017.
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In current quantitative ethno botanical research survey, ethno botanical knowledge of 62 plants species from 38 families was studied through semi-structured interviews and well-organized questionnaire from March 2012 to August 2015. Informants were knowledgeable elders, local authorities and development agents of different age class groups. The family percentage was observed as (Lamiaceae 15%), (Solanaceae 12%) and (Rosaceae 10%). The leading families were Lamiaceae, Solanaceae and Rosaceae. Habit wise the percentage of plant species observed as herb (59.6%), shrubs (25.8%) and trees (14.51%). Part used found as whole plant (45.16%) followed by fruit (16.13%), leaves (16.13%), bark (9.68%), root (4.84%), seed (3.23%), capsule (1.61%), flower (1.61%) and gum (1.61%). For the preparation of ethno medicines 67 randomly selected informants to include 47 male (70.14%) and 20 female (29.85%) followed by (34.32% illiterate) were interviewed to document ethno medicinal and sociocultural information. Out of total recipes preparation, the peoples of the locality use crushed (43.55%) followed by decoction (41.94%), extract (11.29%), original and paste (1.61%).  On the basis of diseases categories, the fic value was high for anthelmintic (0.98. The survey determined P. sominiferum with FL value as 100%. DMR results showed that rank wise Olea ferroginea got first (24).Unwise harvesting and over grazing of plant species for medicinal and fuel wood purpose was found at peak level in research are a due to which medicinal flora is on the edge of extinction. Further exploratory trips, conservative strategies, inspective committees, awareness, and wise use of resources are highly needed.


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