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Therapeutic Characteristics of Murree Plants: An Emerging Feature

  • Waseem Razzaq Khan
  • Muhammad Arif
  • Sadaf Shakoor
  • M. Nazre
  • M. Muslim
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Abstract

Medicinal plants have been a source of affordable health care and of income for millennia in virtually all cultures. About 53,000 plant species, worldwide, are used for medicinal purposes. Globally, the indigenous communities are getting many benefits and ethnomedicinal products from biodiversity. Medicinal plants of Murree have a central position with diversity, distinguishing characteristics and socioeconomic and ecological impacts. The current chapter aims to compile the best inventory of important forest resources, especially NTFPs (non-timber forest products), for the socioeconomic development of the area. It reveals 216 (160 known and 56 plants unknown to the local) species of 87 families having ethnobotanical importance. They are classified as 153 herbs, 34 trees, 25 shrubs, and 4 climbers. According to the local use, these plants can be categorized as medicinal (70 spp.), multipurpose plants (33 spp.), fuel wood (21 spp.), fodder (27 spp.), vegetables (8 spp.), timber wood (7 spp.), roof thatching (7 spp.), toolmaking (6 spp.), wild fruits (6 spp.), poisonous plants (6 spp.), veterinary important plants (5 spp.), fences/hedges on agricultural land (5 spp.), mud supporters (4 spp.), brooming (3 spp.), honey bee (2 spp.), evil repellent plants (1 spp.), and religious plants of Muslims (4 spp.). Current reading might help to highlight the ethnomedicinal uses of Murree plants for new scientific researchers and good source of income in terms of trading for the local community.

Keywords

Murree Ethnobotanical Socioeconomic Plant trade Ethnomedicinal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Waseem Razzaq Khan
    • 1
  • Muhammad Arif
    • 2
  • Sadaf Shakoor
    • 3
  • M. Nazre
    • 1
  • M. Muslim
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Forest Management, Faculty of ForestryUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Forestry Economics and ManagementNortheast Forestry UniversityHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia
  4. 4.Pakistan Forest InstitutePeshawarPakistan

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