Pakistan has more than 6,000 flowering species, of which 465 are estimated to be endemic to Pakistan. Fifty of such species are on the verge of extinction. These details and many others have been documented in the ‘Flora of Pakistan’, an extensive research study undertaken by the Karachi University on Pakistan’s flora. The study involved surveys across the country, investigations and authentication by foreign experts. It concluded after 40 years and will be available by the middle of next year.
Launched in 1968-69, the project was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Initially, it was a collaboration between the Gordon College, Rawalpindi and the University of Karachi. But later, it was taken over by the Karachi University.
The Flora of Pakistan contain information about the plant habitat, their figures, family, characteristics, details of their distribution, key to identification, local and scientific names, list of threatened species, plant utility (chemical and medicinal properties),if any, and citations.