Shakir Ullah, Rehan Ullah, Farhat Ullah, Gul zaman Khan, Lubna Shakir, Fouzia Sardar and Rizwan Ullah
An ethnobotanical survey was carried out on the flora of Lajbouk valley from November 2020 to October 2021. Lajbouk valley situated in District Dir Lower, in regarding to explore the ethnobotanical potentiality of plants in the area. A total of 59 species belong to fifty-five families. Out of fifty-five families the fifty-one families belong to angiosperm and one family belong to gymnosperm and three families belong to Pteridophytes. Out of 39 families of angiosperms the 4 families belong to Monocot and 47 families belong to dicot. Rosaceae family have largest number of species 7, which followed by Poaceae and Lamiaceae have 5, 5 species, Asteraceae and Rutaceae have 4 species and Polygonaceae, Rhamnaceae and Urticaceae have 3 species. Amaranthaceae, Brassicaceae, Ebenacaeae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae, Fagaceae, Moraceae and Solanaceae have 2 species, while the remaining families show the lowest number of species. Ethnobotanical study of plants clearly showed that all the 90 plant species reported from Lajbouk valley had some kind of traditional or vernacular uses in the District. Largest ethnobotanical class was of 31 species which were used as Medicinal, followed by 25 Fodder and Forage species, 14 fuel wood species, plant species were used for more than three purposes (miscellaneous),11 species were used as vegetable, while 9 species are ornamental plants. The results indicate that the area is climatically and ecologically dry temperate i.e. high species richness and low abundance and this is supported by majority of species used as fodder and forage.
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