FAZAL HADI AND MUHAMMAD IBRAR ,
The present research work was carried out in the historical Kalash valley of district Chitral, Pakistan which inhabits people having an ancient culture and religion and speaks indigenous language. The valley consists of three localities; Birir, Bumburet and Rumbor in the dried and rugged mountainous series of Hindukush range. The locals have their own way of use of plants and their product therefore, the present study was carried out to evaluate and document the wild and cultivated fruit plants species. The study also highlights the traditional medicinal uses of these plants in the area. Eighteen species belonging to 14 genera and 8 families were enlisted including Berberis lycium Royle., Cotoneaster nummularia Fisch & Mey., Crataegus songarica C. Koch, Cydonia indica L., Diospyrus lotus L., Elaeagnus angustifolia L., Ficus carica L., Juglans regia L., Morus alba L., Morus nigra L., Prunus armeniaca L., Prunus domestica L., Prunus persica (L.) Batsch., Pyrus communis L., Pyrus malus L., Punica granatum L., Rubus fruiticosus L. and Vitis venifera L. The botanical names, local names, locality, family, habit, occurrence, habitat and ethnomedicinal uses are written with each species. The present study is the 1st ever record of fruit plants from Kalash valley and their uses.