DIVERSITY OF ORNAMENTAL PLANTS IN PATTOKI NURSERIES, PUNJAB PAKISTAN: THE MAJOR FLORAL BUSINESS HUB OF PAKISTAN
Ahtisham Arshad, Aleem Ahmed, Maryam Arshad and Muhammad Shafiq
The present study was conducted to collect the exotic and indigenous plants biodiversity data from the 210 nurseries of Pattoki in three months. Present findings confined to 147 plant species which belong to 52 families. It include 61 species of trees, 46 species of shrubs, 11 species of palms, 8 species of grasses and 15 species of indoor plants All these plant species have important use in landscaping. This paper includes plant species ranging from tropical environment to subtropical and temperate zone. The main aim of this study was to highlight the flora of Pattoki nurseries and plant species which are currently being used for landscaping in Pakistan. List of these plants, with their environmental requirements and habit of growth is presented.