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Elemental composition and heavy metals determination of some wetland plants of family polygonaceae

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Khalid Khan, Ghulam Mujtaba Shah, Asma Shah, Zafeer Saqib, Manzoor Hussain, Inayat Ur Rahman

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Int. J. Biosci.15( 3), 483-488, September 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/15.3.483-488


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The wetland flora consists of important plant species which are used and consumed as food sources in several ways globally. Wetland plants also accumulates a small percentage of metals that can contribute to remediation of acidic, metal contaminated runoff waters from processing areas. Therefore, the current study was designed to examine the concentrations of various elements and heavy metals in four wetland plant species of family Polygonaceae i.e. Rumex dentatus, Rumex hastatus, Polygonum aviculare and Persicaria glabra collected from District Mardan, during 2016 and 2017. Elemental analyses of these species were carried out in the Central Resource Laboratory, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. The results revealed that R. dentatus was dominated by Cd, Zn, Cu, K elements. Further, R. hastatus was dominated by Co, Ca andmg. These wild plants are a good source of minerals as well as bio remediators. Furthermore, these plants have ethnobotanical importance i.e. R. dentatus and R. hastatus are mostly used as food while P. aviculare and P. glabra are important medicinal species.


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