Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3753

Short Communication

The use of geographical information system (GIS) for the extension of Echium amoenum Fisch. et Mey., a medicinal plant, in the Northern part of Iran

Alireza Eslami1* and Behzad Kaviani2
1Department of Natural Resources, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran. 2Department of Horticultural Science, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 06 April 2011
  •  Published: 18 May 2011


Viper's bugloss (Echium amoenum Fisch. et Mey.), a medicinal plant, grows as wild and cultivated in Eshkevarat area located in the northern mountains of Iran. Information layers from environmental factors affected on the growth of this plant was prepared by geographical information system (GIS) and overlaid in order to the plant extension and preservation, as well increasing of rural society's economic conditions. Results showed that E. amoenum Fisch. et Mey. grows as wild in the area with average temperature of 12.5°C and precipitation of 750 to 800 mm. The surface under cultivation of this species may be increased up to 3 multiple by query.


Key words: Information layers, geographical information system (GIS), Echium amoenumFisch. et Mey., query, Iran.


GIS, Geographical information system