Quantitative ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used as remedy in Mera, District Charsadda, KP, Pakistan

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Quantitative ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used as remedy in Mera, District Charsadda, KP, Pakistan

Abd Ullah, Nazim Hassan, Rohul Amin, Adnan Khan, Lixuan Shi, Mingxia Li
J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 5), 162-172, May 2018.
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Extensive field visits and interviews were carried out in spring and summer 2015, to document information on traditional uses of medicinal plants in Mera, District Charsadda, Kp, Pakistan. A total of 92 plants species from 50 families were reported which were taken against 48 different human ailments in the locality. Family Solanaceae with 7 species was the most leading family followed by Moraceae 6 species and Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Cucurbitaceae with 4 species each. Herbs (62%) were the most dominant life form followed by trees (30%) and shrubs (8%). The most frequent plant parts used were leaves (33%) followed by fruit (22%), bark (8%), seed (8%), whole plants (7%) and flowers (5%).The highest  (0.73)  Relative Frequency Citation (RFC) for  Citrus aurantifolia  whereas  highest (0.85) Use Value (UV) for Coriandrum sativum were observed. Person correlation coefficient (PCC=0.941) showed a strong positive correlation between RFC and UV. This survey will help, to identify high valued medicinal plant species in the locality for further drug discovery. Medicinal Plants with high use value should be subjected to comprehensive phytochemical studies for further drug discovery.


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