Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
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A Review on Geranium wallichianum D-Don Ex-Sweet: An Endangered Medicinal Herb from Himalaya Region

Sabah Shaheen, Yamin Bibi, Mubashir Hussain, Muhammad Iqbal, Hafiza Saira, Irum Safdar, Hira Mehboob, Qura Tul Ain, Kiran Naseem and Sadaf Lariab

Geranium wallichianum D. Don ex sweet belongs to Family Geraniaceae, distributed in Himalaya region of Pakistan. It is highly medicinal. It is native to Pakistan due to its restricted geographic ranges, specific habitats and anthropogenic activities more than 75% population has been reduced. Major threats are grazing of pasture, forest encroachment, soil-slope erosion, poverty, forest fire, illegal trade, habitat loss, invasive species and the lack of adequate training. In this review efforts are made to document the conservation status of important medicinal plant G. wallichianum. It is most threatened species and deserves special attention. Due to insufficient information, there is no organization strategy for conservation of this plant. With great ethnomedicinal value of this plant species draw the attention of the researchers to conserve it. Several conservation studies and efforts are making to conserve it, but comprehensive and long lasting conservation policies are necessary to ensure its conservation.