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Notes on Rediscovery, Typification and Threat Assessment of Veratrilla burkilliana (Gentianaceae) from Eastern Himalaya, India


Veratrilla burkilliana (W.W. Sm.) Harry Sm. (Gentianaceae), hitherto known only from type locality has been rediscovered after at least a lapse of 108 years. Comments on its population and conservation status, distribution range and typification of the name Swertia burkilliana are provided, together with a distribution map where the threat status has been assessed as ‘Endangered’. Field photographs of the species with dissected flowering parts are also been provided for its easy identification. This rediscovery highlights the importance of further fieldwork in poorly sampled and highly biodiverse regions of Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary and its neighbouring areas of East Sikkim, as well as emphasizes the urgent need for conservation of the highly threatened eastern Himalayan flora.


Lectotypification, Rediscovery, Sikkim, Threat Assessment, Veratrilla burkilliana.



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