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Ethnobotanical Uses of Plants of Lawat District Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Keywords: Ethnomedicinal , local community , lawat , district muzaffarabad

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An ethnobotanical exploration was carried out in Lawat ad its allied areas District Muzaffarabad. The checklist consisted of 52 species out of which 3 species are of 2 gymnospermic families while 49 species are of 35 angiospermic families. The plants were used medicinally and other purposes. The investigation indicated that the medicinal plants were used singly or used with mixtures by local inhabitants. The area under investigation due to unplanned exploitation had resulted in loss of medicinally important plant species. It was concluded that afforestation programme followed by proper protection is need of time.

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