African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 718

Full Length Research Paper

The position of Pinus roxburghii in the forests of Kotli hills, Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Muhammad S. A., Malik Z. H.*, Malik N. Z. and Sadia M. A    
Department of Botany, University of AJ & K, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 06 December 2011
  •  Published: 06 February 2012


Thirteen plant communities were recorded from Kotli hills during Monsoon, 2010 to see the present position of Pinus roxburghii. The data show that in six communities P. roxburghii was purely dominating while in two communities P. roxburghii occurs in association with Themeda anathera, Olea ferruginea and the remaining five communities were dominated by Adhatoda zeylanica, Acacia modesta, O. ferruginea, Malvastrum coromendelianum, Lespedeza juncea, Brachiaria eruciformis and T. anathera. There were 97 plant species out of which 12 species were woody, 18 were shrubby and the remaining 67 were herbaceous. In the investigated area there was heavy deforestation and overgrazing.

Key words: Pinus roxburghii, Olea ferruginea, Acacia community