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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2002  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 175 - 177

The Medicinal Plants of Salt Range

Habib Ahmad, Ashiq Ahmad and Mian Mohib Jan    

Abstract: Besides preserving mines of salts, minerals, fossils, archeological and cultural heritage; the mountainous terrain of the Salt Range also has immense potential for its biodiversity in the broadly overlapping “the subtropical dry evergreen and the thorny subtropical semi deciduous” types of forest ecologies. Olea ferruginea, Acacia modesta, Reptonia buxifolia and Salvadora oleoides represent the apparent arboreal landscape of the terrain. More than 92 medicinal plants are not only used for curing ailments ranging from mild infections to the chronic ulcers but are also contributing a lot to the rural economy of the area. Floral diversity in general, the species of Litsea, Neolitsea and Colchicum in particular, are exposed to severe collection and the habitat loss pressures. Commonly known medicinal plants of the Salt Range, Punjab and their therapeutic uses are presented in this paper.

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