Vol. 2, Issue 12, Part B (2016)
A comprehensive review on ecology and ethnobotany of Acacias and Acacia jacquemontii Benth in dry environment
Faiz Rasool, Ghulam Murtaza, Muhammad Zeshan, Rehman Habib, Malik Muhammad Yousaf, Muhammad Mohsin Ayub, Muhammad Ahsin Ayub, Kamran Sardar and Hasnain Irshad
The main objectives of the present study were to determine the growth behavior, chemical composition, ethnobotanical uses and the density of neighboring plant species of Acacia species and Acacia jacquemontii Benth at in desert environment. This is generally associated with flora of desert landscape. This is a medium shrubby species with formation of extensive branching from the base and root system. It is a good forage species and a preferred firewood shrub in the Thal desert. This species has been endangering on account of uncontrolled grazing, improper land use, mismanagement, shifting agricultural crops and due to mechanical damages to plants. Poor seed germination and biotic interference have caused depletion of this shrub in Thal desert rangelands. Therefore, it is dire need of the time to study the species for its natural conservation in this area. The species produced high concentrations of secondary compounds like alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, total phenolics and hydrogen cyanides in the leaves. The plants produced these compounds for defending themselves from herbivores. The ethnobotanical use of this species was largely prevailing in the area. Due to the prevalence of acute poverty, rural people of the desert used to purchase preserved the plant parts (at lower prices) of the species from Greek Practitioners (Herbal Medicinal Experts) for the treatment of their common ailments.
How to cite this article:
Faiz Rasool, Ghulam Murtaza, Muhammad Zeshan, Rehman Habib, Malik Muhammad Yousaf, Muhammad Mohsin Ayub, Muhammad Ahsin Ayub, Kamran Sardar and Hasnain Irshad. A comprehensive review on ecology and ethnobotany of Acacias and Acacia jacquemontii Benth in dry environment. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(12): 103-109.