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Economic Botany Section

Bashir, Anbreen [1], Nissar, Mansha [2].

Ethnobotany of Saussurea lappa  .

Saussurea lappa is a perennial plant found in the Himalayas. This plant has been widely mentioned in the Ayurvedas.  The roots contain resinoids, essential oils, alkaloids and other minor constituents like tannins and sugars. The root (containing both the essential oil and alkaloid saussurine) is used to treat asthma, by relaxing the bronchioles. The relief obtained from Saussurea is comparable to that of conventional bronchodilators. Large-scale uprooting of the plant for commercial purposes is the major factor threatening its extinction. This study aims at studying the ethnobotany of Saussurea lappa along with the factors that have categorized this plant as endangered. The factors not only include the overexploitation of the plant for alkaloids but also habitat destruction and potential gene flow which can lead to loss of biodiversity.

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1 - Harris-Stowe University, Math And Sciences, 3026 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63103, USA
2 - Kothi bagh srinagar, science, srinagar kashmir, srinagar, j & K, 190002, India

Saussurea lappa
gene fow.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Eyrie/Boise Centre
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PEN002
Abstract ID:839
Candidate for Awards:None

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