Study­ing Flora

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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