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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2003 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 363-369
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2003.363.369
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Ethnobotany of Gokand Valley, District Buner, Pakistan

Ambara Khan, Syed Shahinshah Gilani, Farrukh Hussain and Muffakhira Jan Durrani

A survey was conducted to document the ethnobotanical potential of Gokand Valley, District Buner. The study was mainly focused on gathering information on traditional uses of plants from local peoples. The area has great biodiversity and rich in ethnobotanical utilization. Information on the ethnobotany was collected for 138 plant species which included 40 cultivated species.The local inhabitants used 50 as fodder and forage species, 46 for fuel wood purposes, 17 as vegetables, 17 as pot herb, 14 are defined as timber wood species, 5 species are used for making hedges and fences, 34 serve as fruit plants (12 cultivated and 22 wild fruits) 2 as fish poison, 3 soil builders and 2 as honey bee attractant.Deforestation for fuelwood and agricultural uses appears to be the most serious single threat to the vegetation as more than 90% of the houses use wood as the soul source for fuel. This shortage of fuel can be solved by planting fast growing trees on large scale and by protecting the existing planted trees and conserving the endangered species. The area has high potential for wild life and medicinal plants and as rangeland but ecological management including protection is required so that we can gift these resources to the coming generation.
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Ambara Khan, Syed Shahinshah Gilani, Farrukh Hussain and Muffakhira Jan Durrani, 2003. Ethnobotany of Gokand Valley, District Buner, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 6: 363-369.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2003.363.369






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