Ethnobotany Research and Applications https://ethnobotanyjournal.org/index.php/era <p><strong><em>Ethnobotany Research and Applications</em> </strong>is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research in any areas related to Ethnobiology. The journal is currently published by the Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia in cooperation with Saving Knowledge / Ethnomont. The journal seeks manuscripts that are novel, integrative and written in ways that are accessible to a wide audience. This includes an array of disciplines (Biological and Social Sciences) concerned particularly with theoretical questions in the field of Ethnobiology that leads to practical applications. Articles can also be based on the perspectives of cultural practitioners and others with insights into plants, people and applied research. Database papers, Ethnobiological inventories, Ethnobotanical Notes, Methodology reviews, Education studies and Theoretical discussions are also published.</p> <p>Papers that are primarily agronomic or horticultural, and those concerned mainly with analytical data on the chemical constituents of plants, or bioassays are out of scope for ERA and should be submitted elsewhere.</p> <p>ERA is indexed in Scopus and Crossref.</p> Saving Knowledge, Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia en-US Ethnobotany Research and Applications 1547-3465 <p>All articles are copyrighted by the first author and are published online by license from the first author. Articles are intended for free public distribution and discussion without charge. Accuracy of the content is the responsibility of the authors.</p> Quantitative ethnobotanical appraisal of medicinal plants used by indigenous communities of District Malakand, Pakistan https://ethnobotanyjournal.org/index.php/era/article/view/3707 <p><em>Background: </em>Medicinal plants are the only possible solution to facilitate and treat different complications of human beings. The local residents of District Malakand are dependent on medicinal plants for their primary healthcare. The aim of this study was to document medicinal plants and associated traditional knowledge of District Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.</p> <p><em>Methods: </em>The area was frequently visited from March to August in 2018-2019, during the peak flowering season for the collection of specimens and semi-structured interviews on the uses of medicinal plants. A total of 150 participants selected randomly and the demographic information (age, gender) and status of conservation was aggregated using a semi-structured questionnaire collected from each site. Informants were interviewed in their local language (Pashto).</p> <p><em>Results: </em>A total of 62 ethno-medicinal plant species belonging to 37 families were recorded. A considerable proportion of the ethno-medicinal plant species were used for gastro-intestinal disorders. Relative Frequency of Citation (RFC) ranged from 0.48 to 0.3. The highest RFC value was registered for <em>Jasminum officinale</em> 0.48<em>. </em>Similarly, the UV (Use Value) range from 0.92 to 0.35, with highest values for <em>Citrus medica</em> (0.92), <em>Lagenaria siceraria</em> (0.55), and <em>Lycopersicum esculentum </em>(0.5). Older participants from 55-70 years of age showed higher knowledge about plants, followed by the age group 45–55.</p> <p><em>Conclusion</em><em>: </em>In the present study, some plants were of key importance i.e.,<em> Citrus medica, </em><em>Lagenaria siceraria, Lycopersicum esculentum, </em><em>Lactuca sativa </em>and<em> Brassica rapa. </em>This documentation of medicinal plants and their uses shows the rich tradition in ethno-medicinal knowledge of the District Malakand, Pakistan.</p> <p><em>Keywords:</em> Indigenous community, Quantitative ethnobotany, medicinal plants, Malakand, Pakistan</p> Nazil Hussan Ara Begum Muhammad Hamayun Asif Khan Tabassum Yaseem Rainer W Bussmann Waheed Murad Copyright (c) 2022 Nazil, Hussan Ara Begum, Muhammad Hamayun, Asif Khan, Tabassum Yaseem, Rainer W Bussmann, Waheed Murad 2022-08-05 2022-08-05 24 1 14