Ethnobotanical Studies of Plant Species Associated with Hippophae sp. in Chandra Valley a Part of Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve Himachal Pradesh, India

Praveen Kumar, Virendra Singh, Ashok Singh, Suresh Kumar*


Himalayan ecosystem is known for its unique climate and plants wealth but the indiscriminate use of plant resources and increasing human interventions increases serious threat to their survival. The present study provides the information on the distribution patterns and traditional uses of medicinal plant species in the high-altitude (3298 m asl) cold desert of India in Himachal Himalayas. The people still depend upon household and traditional uses for remedies and health care. In this survey a total of 27 important medicinal plant species belonging to 15 families were recorded in grassland under Seabuckthorn community. Based upon importance value index, Eragrostis minor (44.30), Equisetum arvense (15.28) and Chaerophyllum villosum (8.41) showed its dominance in the grassland habitat. The Diversity Index (H’) was highest in case of Eragrostis minor (0.37), Carex setosa (0.29) and Astragalus grahamianus (0.12). The value of Concentration dominance (Cd) was found to be highest in Eragrostis minor, Equisetum arvense and Carex setosa. This study provides a framework for making the effective implementation of conservation strategies in the Himalayan region.


Cold desert; Diversity index; Himalayan region; Medicinal plant; Seabuckthorn

Full Text:



Andreeva IN, Fedrova EE, IIzyasova VB, Tibilov AA, Ultrastructure of nitrogen-fixing and wintering nodules in one-year seedlings of Seabuckthorn, Hippophae rhamanoides and oleaster, Elaeagnus argentea. Soviet plant phsiol, 1982, 29, 109-116.

Aswal BS, Mehrotra BN, Flora of Lahaul-Spiti (a cold desert in North-West Himalaya). Bishen Singh and Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun, India, 1994.

Chowdhary HJ, Wadhwa BM, Flora of Himachal Pradesh Analysis 1. Published by the Director, Botanical Survey of India, Howrah, 1984.

Department of Agriculture, District Agriculture Plan: Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, 2009, 7, 8-9.

Monk CD, Tree species diversity in the eastern deciduous forest with particular references to North Central Florida. American Naturalist, 1967, 10, 173-187.

Murti SK, Flora of Cold Deserts of Western Himalaya. Vol. I. Monocotyledons. Botanical survey of India, Calcutta, India, 2001, 8, 452.

Polunin O, Stainton A, Flowers of the Himalaya. Oxford University Press, Oxford, India, 1984.

Rongsen L, Seabuckthorn: a multipurpose plant species for fragile mountains. International Centre for integrated mountain development (ICIMOD), Occasional Paper No. 20, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1992, 1-62.

Samant SS, Dhar U, Rawal RS, Biodiversity status of a protected area in West Himalaya: Ashok wildlife sanctuary. Int J Susta Develop W Ecol, 1998, 5 (3), 194-203.

Saxena AK, Singh JS, A phytosociological analysis of woody species in forest communities of a part of Kumaun Himalaya. Vegetation, 1982, 50, 3-32.

Shannon CE, Wiener W, The Mathematical Theory of Communication. University of Illinois press, Urbana, Illinois, USA, 1963.

Singh DK, Hajra PK, Floristic Diversity Status in the Himalaya. British Council, New Delhi, India, 1996, 23-38.

Singh JS, Singh SP, Forest vegetation of the Himalaya. Botanical Review, 1987, 52, 82-192.

Copyright (c) 2014 Annals of Plant Sciences

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.