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Acantholimon lycopodioides (Girard) Boiss. Plumbaginaceae

Acantholimon lycopodioides (Girard) Boiss.
Wahid Hussain, Rainer W. Bussmann, and
Narel Y. Paniagua-Zambrana
Acantholimon lycopodioides (Girard) Boiss: Statice lycopodioides Girard
Local Names
Acantholimon lycopodioides: Trans-Himalaya: Longze; Ladakh: Lonze,
Botany and Ecology
Acantholimon lycopodioides:Shrublets, densely pulvinate. Cushions 30100 cm
wide. Leaf blade glaucous, linear, (1)1.530.10.2(0.3) cm, rigid, glabrous,
apex shortly awned. Inorescences unbranched, 34(5) cm, densely pubescent;
spikes dense, distichous, with 58 spikelets; spikelets 2 or 3 owered; bracts broadly
ovate, 45 mm, pubescence very short; rst bractlet 67 mm, broadly membranous,
W. Hussain
Department of Botany, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
R. W. Bussmann (*)
Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany and Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden, Ilia State
University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Saving Knowledge, La Paz, Bolivia
N. Y. Paniagua-Zambrana
Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany and Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden, Ilia State
University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Herbario Nacionál de Bolivia, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia
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R. Kunwar et al. (eds.), Ethnobotany of the Himalayas, Ethnobotany of Mountain
pubescence very short, apex with a very short awn. Calyx 68 mm, funnelform, tube
densely velvety between ribs; limb white with red-purple veins, veins pubescent or
glabrescent. Corolla pink to pinkish. Flowering JulyAugust, fruiting August
September (Wu et al. 19942013) (Fig. 1).
Local Medicinal Uses
Acantholimon lycopodioides:is used to treat cardiac disorders (Gairola et al. 2014;
Kala et al. 2005a,b), also used as abortifacient and for muscular pain (Gairola et al.
Acantholimon hohenackeri:A decoction of owers is used for diarrhea. A decoc-
tion of owers is used for the normalization of blood pressure and in cases of allergy
(Mehdiyeva et al. 2017; Bussmann 2017).
Local Handicraft and Other Uses
Acantholinum hirsutum serves as fodder for livestock (Ari et al. 2015).
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Fig. 1. Acantholimon
(Plumbagonaceae), Pakistan.
(Photo Wahid Hussain)
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The traditional knowledge about plants and their uses in Turkey is disappearing in recent years because the new generations of villagers migrate to big cities for a better life. Afyonkarahisar located at the intersection of roads and phytogeographical regions (Mediterranean, Iran-Turan, and Euro-Siberian) has more than 2500 plant species. This richness of plant diversity promotes the indigenous commuity for the traditional use of wild plants. The aim of the study is to show wild plants’ ethnobotanical usages associated with medicinal, food, fodder, and household goods in 31 settlements within the boundaries of Afyonkarahisar province. The ethnobotanical data were collected from 46 informants by means of semi-structured interviews from 2012 to 2014. Ethnobotanical uses of plants of the study area were conducted in the vicinity of Afyonkarahisar (5 districts, 8 towns, 15 villages, and 3 neighborhood centers). One hundred and thirty plant taxa belonging to 39 families were recorded and collected. Hundred and seventy-eight different uses of these plants were documented and used generally for medicinal (84), food (68), fodder (16), household goods (3), dyes (3), handicrafts (3) and religious (1). This study provides interesting uses of plants in the local community of Afyonkarahisar and its surrounding area, in what purpose they make use of plants, how they make use of them and obtained results will contribute to economy of villagers. Since the local people, especially in villages, are poor and do not have health care, they use the plants to treat illnesses, food, fodder, household goods and other uses (evil eye). Also this study will light the way for posterity for next generations.
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This paper investigates the wealth of medicinal plants used by the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Apatani have traditionally settled in seven villages in the Ziro valley of Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayan region of India. The present study has resulted in the documentation of 158 medicinal plant species used by the Apatani group of villages. These medicinal plant species were distributed across 73 families and 124 genera. Asteraceae was the most dominant family (19 species, 11 genera) of medicinal plants, followed by Zingiberaceae, Solanaceae, Lamiaceae and Araceae. For curing ailments, the use of aboveground plant parts was higher (80%) than the belowground plant parts in the Apatani group of villages. Of the aboveground plant parts, leaf was used in the majority of cases (56 species), followed by fruit. Different belowground plant forms such as root, tuber, rhizome, bulb and pseudo-bulb were used by Apatani as a medicine. About 52 types of ailments were cured by using these 158 medicinal plant species. The results of this study are further discussed in the changing socio-economic contexts.
For 10 years I monitored the population density of threatened medicinal plant species in seven protected areas in the Indian Himalayas. I also documented the indigenous uses of threatened medicinal plants through interviews with 138 herbal healers (83 Tibetan healers and 55 Ayurvedic healers) residing in the buffer zone villages of these protected areas. To assess the population status of threatened medicinal plant species, I sampled the 10 major habitat types in the protected areas. In all, I found 60 threatened medicinal plant species during the study period, of which 54 species occurred in the sampling plots. Twenty-two percent of threatened medicinal plant species were critically endangered, 16% were endangered, and 27% were vulnerable. Thirty-two threatened medicinal plant species were endemic to the Himalayan region. The density of threatened medicinal plant species varied with protected areas. The Valley of Flowers protected area had the highest number of threatened medicinal plant species. The “moist” habitat type was richest in these species among all 10 habitat types sampled. Arnebia euchroma (Royle ex Benth.) Johnston and Ephedra gerardiana Wall. ex Stapf. were the most common threatened medicinal plant species. The indigenous groups of healers used these threatened species in curing about 45 different ailments. Based on my findings, I believe that to ensure the long-term sustainability of threatened medicinal plants, medicinal-plant conservation areas should be established.
Ethnobotany of the Caucasus
Bussmann RW, editor. Ethnobotany of the Caucasus. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2017. XXVII, 746p. (ISBN 978-3-319-49411-1)