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Mashwani, Zia-ur-Rehman [1], Khan, Muhammad Faraz [2], Arshad, Muhammad [2], Naveed, Iqbal Raja [2].

A Quantitative ethnomedicinal study of plants in District Sudhnoti, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan.

This is the first article on ethnobotanical profiling and comparative account of medicinal flora from Sudhnoti district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The area, being one of the least developed in the entire state conserves folklore and indigenous medicinal practices. Aim of this study was to document traditional knowledge of local populace about plants of the area particularly the plants being used for therapeutic purposes. We attempted to compile and compare recorded uses to screen the plants with novel uses for biological evaluation in future. Field survey was conducted from September 2015 to March 2017, in 6 different sites of the district. Informal interviews with 125 local inhabitants of different tribes, age groups, gender, and occupation were conducted using Structured and semi structured questioners along with open ended discussion. The data was transformed into tables containing information about family, local name and mode of application of individual plant taxon. Ethnobotanical indices such as use value (UV) and cultural significance index (CSI) were used to produce quantitative information of plant use category, frequency and cultural preference. Cited uses were compared with previously available data from the region and other parts of the world for novelty analysis. A total of 85 plant species from 52 families were recorded from the area. Asteraceae and rosaceae were leading families represented by 7 each plant reported, followed by poaceae represented by 5 plant species. Berberis lycium was most valued plant species followed by, Zanthoxylum armatum, Teraxicum officinale,  Mentha arvensis has highest cultural significance followed by Geranium wallichian, Berberis lyciumi. Comparative analysis revealed 12 plant species, reported for novel medicinal uses such as Nerium oleander for oral infections, Adiantum capillus-venaris for urinary tract infection and Gentiana oleiveri for genital herpes. Quantitative ethnobotanical profiling of district Sudhnoti revealed that, the area has a rich floral diversity and traditional knowledge. Comparative analysis confirmed majority of plant being used for same purpose from the region or other parts of the world adding more confidence for ongoing studies. Novel uses of plants like Nerium oleander, A capillus-venaris and G oleiverii lead to the future studies for their anti-infective potential.

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2 - PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Department of Botany, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Murree Road, Shamsabad, Rawalpindi, PU, 46300, Pakistan

Quantitative ethnobotany
Ethnomedicinal study
Azad Jammu and Kshmir
Western Himalaya
Tribal Communities
Traditional knowledge.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Abstract ID:76
Candidate for Awards:None

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