An Ethnobotanical Survey of Medicinal and Other Useful Plants of Khattak Tribe in Tehsil Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Pakistan  

Musharaf Khan , Zabta Khan Shinwari , Mohib Shah , Shahana Musharaf
1. Department of Biological Sciences, FGCB Mardan, Pakistan
2. Department of Biotechnology, Quaid Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan
3. Department of Botany, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan
4. Department of Chemistry, GGDC, Sheikh, Maltoon Mardan, Pakistan
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Medicinal Plant Research, 2014, Vol. 4, No. 8   doi: 10.5376/mpr.2014.04.0008
Received: 02 Jun., 2014    Accepted: 06 Jun., 2014    Published: 14 Aug., 2014
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2014 Khan et al., 2014, An Ethnobotanical Survey of Medicinal and Other Useful Plants of Khattak Tribe in Tehsil Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Pakistan, Medicinal Plant Research, 2014, Vol.4, No.8 61-74 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2014.04. 0008)


This paper presents the results of ethnobotanical studies on medicinal and other useful plants used traditionally by the Khattak Tribe in Tehsil Karak. The study was carried out during 2005-2007 through interview using semi-structured questionnaire and personal observation. We documented the use of 160 plants belonging to 56 families in which 22 are trees, 23 are shrubs and 115 are herbs. These plants are used in the cure of various diseases of humans and their pets. 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. From the economic and botanical point of view the study area has great potentiality.

Ethnobotany; Medicinal plant; Conservation; Pakistan
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