Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2019)
Economic importance of multi- purpose plants in al-jabal al-akhdar, Libya
Author(s): Rabeia A Almajdoub, Abdullah F Abogmaza, Mohamed A Alaib
Abstract: In this study 40 wild plant species distributed in different elevations [0-200 (1st Plateau), 200-400 (2nd Plateau), 400 < m.s.l (3rd Plateau)] in Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar region were listed and considered as multi- purpose plants. These species belong to 37 genera, distributed on 27 families; two families belong to gymnosperms and the remaining 25 families belong to Angiosperms; 20 families of Dicotyledons and 5 families of Monocotyledons. The recorded species represent different life forms; 20 species of Phanerophytes (50%), 13 species of Chamaephytes (32.5%), 6 species of Cryptophytes (15%) and one species of Hemicryptophytes (2.5%). These species also represent different growth forms; 11 species of trees and tall shrubs (27.5%), 14 species of dwarf shrubs (35%), 4 species of climbers (10%), 11 species of perennial herbs (27.5%). In addition, among the recorded species 6 endemic species, 15 species considered as potential source of nectar for honeybees and 30 species of aromatic and medicinal plants.