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Medicinal Wealth of Pakistan

  • Shabnum Shaheen
  • Sehrish Ramzan
  • Farah Khan
  • Mushtaq Ahmad
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Abstract

Many medicinal plants are found in the mountainous and plains areas of Pakistan. Some species with high market value are over-exploited like Glycyrrhiza glabra, Commiphora wightii, Ephedra intermdia, Saussurea lappa, Ferula foetida, Valeriana wallachii, Colchicum luteum, Bergenia ciliate, Paeonia emodi, Morchella species etc. and their productivity is also declining. Ecological conditions play a major role in the cultivation of medicinal plants and their active ingredients. Pakistan has a good potential of biodiversity of medicinal plants due to its varied climatic conditions. Medicinal plants are found more abundantly in the mountainous areas than in plains due to naturally conducive habitat and suitable climatic conditions. Over-exploitation of medicinal plants in Pakistan causes serious threat to the survival and regeneration of many plant species (Ahmed and Hasan 2015).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shabnum Shaheen
    • 1
  • Sehrish Ramzan
    • 2
  • Farah Khan
    • 2
  • Mushtaq Ahmad
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesLahore College for Women UniversityLahorePakistan
  2. 2.Lahore College for Women UniversityLahorePakistan
  3. 3.Quaid-i-Azam UniversityIslamabadPakistan

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