Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3693

Article in Press

Ethno Botanical Perspective of Medicinal Plants in Mulkhow Valley District Upper Chitral, Pakistan

ZAHOOR UL HAQ

  •  Received: 14 April 2019
  •  Accepted: 27 May 2019
This paper demonstrates the ethnobotanical perspectives of medicinal plant in Mulkhow valley, district Chitral. The main aim of this research work was to gather information to document the medicinal uses of plants in Mulkhow valley. The results of ethnobotanical perspective contain quantitative information of medicinal plants used by indigenous people in Mulkhow valley. The current study conducted between 2015 – 2016 collected tradition knowledge about the medicinal plant diversity of the valley. In regard to the study, plant materials were collected, information was gathered, and herbarium materials were prepared. Semi-structured interviews; questionnaires and personal observation were done for the collection of information. The analysis of the result was done by using quantitative indices like fidelity level (FL), use value (UV) and Relative frequency Citation (RFC). A total of 41 species of medicinal plants belonging to 26 families and 38 genera with 25 Angiosperms species and 1 Gymnosperm were identified in the valley. The most common represented families were Rosaceae (6), Asteraceae (3) and Lamiaceae and Brassicaceae (3) each. The most common mode of utilization of medicinal plants was observed to be oral for curing purposes. The information gathered mostly come from the old age people but among the young generation, the traditional knowledge about plant diversity seems to be lost.

Keywords: Medicinal plants, Mulkhow Valley, Chitral