Ethnobotanical Studies on Plant Resources of Sheikh Maltoon, District Mardan, Pakistan  

Musharaf Khan1 , Shahana Musharaf2
1. Department of Botany, Federal Government College Mardan, Pakistan; 2. Department of Chemistry, Government Girls Degree College, Sheikh Maltoon, Mardan, Pakistan
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Medicinal Plant Research, 2014, Vol. 4, No. 5   doi: 10.5376/mpr.2014.04.0005
Received: 04 Mar., 2014    Accepted: 11 Mar., 2014    Published: 18 Mar., 2014
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Khan et al., 2014, Ethnobotanical Studies on Plant Resources of Sheikh Maltoon, District Mardan, Pakistan, Vol.4, No.5 35-45 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2014.04. 0005)

Abstract

This paper reports an ethnobotanical study conducted in the year 2008 in the Sheikh Maltoon Towan and adjoining area, District Mardan. The most significant plants are cited in this paper, along with their local names, the parts of them used, popular uses. Among overall plants, 73 were medicinal plant species, 56 honeybee species, 50 fodder and forage species, 30 fuel wood species, 20 vegetable/pot-herb species, 19 multi-purpose species, fruit yielding and ornamental species 16 species each, 15 thatching/roofing species, 11 fencing/hedges plants and 8 agricultural tools making species. The study indicated that the investigated area is under heavy biotic interference and overgrazing pressure. Resultantly, valuable economic and medicinal plants of the area are decreasing. Sustainable utilization, proper management and conservation of the flora of the area is highly recommended. The area was investigated for the first time and information about the traditional remedies with special reference to their medicinal uses were collected and documented before they are lost.

Keywords
Ethnobotany; Medicinal plants; Folk medicine; Sheikh Maltoon; Mardan
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