Rediscovery of Jasminum parkeri Dunn, an endemic and endangered taxon from the western Himalaya, India

Brij Lal 1 , Arunava Datta 1 , Om Parkash 1  and Rakesh Deosharan 2
  • 1 Biodiversity Division CSIR -Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur – 176 061 (H.P.), India
  • 2 Singh Biodiversity Division CSIR -Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur – 176 061 (H.P.), India

Abstract

The present article deals with the rediscovery of Jasminum parkeri Dunn (Oleaceae) collected from its type locality after a lapse of about 100 years. J. parkeri is a highly endangered and narrowly endemic taxon restricted to a small pocket in the remote mountain area of Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh in the western Himalaya, India. In order to facilitate identification of this species, the plant description along with a brief history of its discovery, affinity with the other taxa of Jasminum, ecological notes, and pictures are provided. Subsequently, possibility of cultivation of this species in ex-situ conditions is also discussed.

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