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Pioneer inventory of tracheophytes of Sathan Gali, district Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Khalid Rasheed Khan, Zafar IqbaL, Manzoor Hussain, Abbas Hussain Shah, Ghulam Mujtaba Shah, Muhammad Farooq

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.8(6), 162-170, June 2016

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This study was designedfor first ever exploration of floristic composition of Sathen Gali, district Mansehra. The study area being the part of western Himalayas shows rich floristic diversity. In the present study, effort was made to document firsthand information and prepare the floristic inventory of the area. The study was initiated to assess the vegetation structure qualitatively. The study area was visited frequently during flowering and fruiting seasons of plants in 2013 and 2014. Plants were collected from a range of localities, identified, preserved and deposited with Herbarium of Hazara University,Mansehra. This first investigation revealed a total of 168 plants species belonging to 76 families. Angiosperms were represented by 156 species (92.85%), Gymnosperms by 5 species (2.97%) and Pteridophytes by 7species (2.16%). The dominant family was found to be Asteraceae represented by 20 species, followed by Rosaceae by 14 species, Poaceaeby 12 species,Primulaceaeby 4 species and caryophyllaceae and Moraceae by 3 species each. Thispioneer floristic inventory represents the floristic diversity and will serve as base line for the future researches.

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