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Asian Journal of Plant Sciences

Year: 2006  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 251 - 259

The Wealth of Kashmir Himalaya-Gymnosperms

A.R. Dar and G.H. Dar


Gymnosperms almost a neglected group of plants in Indian subcontinent especially in Kashmir Himalaya deserves special attention in many respects. Gymnosperm species of the Kashmir Himalaya not only dominate forests-the green gold of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, but are source of diverse economic and medicinal products. The stems, bark, young twigs, leaves, berries, fruits, etc. of gymnosperms are exploited to obtain medicines and other useful products. Many gymnosperm species, such as Taxus wallichiana, Ephedra gerardiana and some Juniperus species if used sustainably can provide chief and effective medicines and at the same time strengthen the States economy. The present study gives a brief account of economic, medicinal and ethno botanical potential of the gymnosperms species of this region. In total 19 species falling in 6 families have been dealt in the present communication. The present study is of paramount importance with respect to bio-prospecting. This effort may serve to awaken the concerned, to be conscious about the wealth we possess and sustainable exploitation of this wealth, which is being at present exploited ruthlessly.

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