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Taxonomic and ethnobotanic study of pteridophytes of miandam valley, district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Attaullah, Zaheer-Ud-Din Khan, Midrarullah

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Int. J. Biosci.10( 3), 72-79, March 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/10.3.72-79


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The present work is based on an intensive and extensive study of Pteridophytes of Maindam valley, Swat and was carried out to collect, identify and preserve these plants and also to document its ethnobotanical uses. Frequent field visits were arranged and a total of 14Pteridophytes belonging to 10 genera and 8 families were collected. The dominant families were Dryopteridaceae and Pteridaceae represented by 2 genera with 3 species respectively. The Adiantaceae and Aspleniaceae were represented by 2 species respectively. The remaining families were represented by a single species each. The study revealed that these plants are used for the treatment of different health disorders. The plant inventory of Pteridophytes thus prepared may facilitate the workers of local District Government, the students and researchers of Ecology, Plant conservation, Biodiversity, Ethnobotany, Genetics, Pharmacology, etc.


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