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Ethnobotanical Studies of Chikar and its Allied Areas of District Muzaffarabad

Keywords: Ethnobotany , chikar , muzaffarabad , Plant resources , medicines plants

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During ethnobotanical investigations in Chikar and allied areas of Muzaffarabad a total of 53 plant species belonging to 48 genera of 33 families were recorded. Most of the plant species are used as medicinal plants for the ailment of various diseases while some wild plant species are used as fuelwood, timber, fruit, fodder and vegetables. Some of the most interesting and representative plants of the area are Adhatoda zeylanica which is mainly used for cough, bronchitis, stomachache and dysentery. Arisaema jacquomontii is poisonous plant. Extract of the leaves of Viburnum cotinifolium is administered in menorrhagia and the fruit is laxative and blood purifier.

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