African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 808

Full Length Research Paper

Assessment of status and biomass of Swertia angustifolia : a high value Himalayan medicinal plant

Arvind Bhatt1*, Anil K Bisht2, R. S. Rawal2 and Uppeandra Dhar2
1School of Biological and Conservation Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X54001, Durban 4000, South Africa. 2Conservation of Biological Diversity Core, G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora 263 643 (UA), India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 September 2007
  •  Published: 30 September 2007


Studies on population assessment and biomass variation in selected populations of Swertia angustifolia were undertaken in west Himalaya. Low population density across the surveyed populations indicates poor availability of the species in study area. Species showed random distribution and higher frequency of occurrence in most of the population, which is the indicator of better potential of the species in these sites. Density was positively correlated with biomass. The biomass showed peak value in senescence phase and thus has positive consequences of harvesting for the survival of the species. 


Key words: Endangered, conservation, Himalaya, Swertia angustifolia, medicinal plant.