Doronicum falconeri C.B. Clarke ex Hook., Hook.

Rana, C. S. & Rawat, D. S., 2012, New floral distribution records of Aquilegia nivalis (Baker) Falc. ex B. D. Jacks and Doronicum falconeri C. B. Clarke ex Hook. f. from the Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand, India, Journal of Threatened Taxa 4 (9), pp. 2911-2914: 2912-2914

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Doronicum falconeri C.B. Clarke ex Hook.


Doronicum falconeri C.B. Clarke ex Hook.   f.,

Fl. Brit. India 3: 333. 1881; Mathur, Flora India 13: 203. 1995; Karthikeyan et al., Fl. Plants India 1: 225. 2009.

Specimen examined: 07.vii.2010, Kunth Khal , Garhwal Himalaya, India, coll. C. S. Rana, 19586 ( GUH) ( Image 4 View Image 4 )   .

Stout perennial erect herbs, up to 30cm high, puberulous. Stems simple, erect, ribbed. Leaves obovate to spathulate, acute, irregularly serrate, 2.5–8 x 2–4 cm, puberulous on upper surface, glabrescent on the lower surface; upper most cauline leaves lanceolate, serrate, sessile, amplexicaul; middle cauline leaves spathulate;basal leaves with 2–8cm long petiole;Heads 3–5 cm across, radiate, solitary, pubescent. Involucral bracts lanceolate, 10–12 mm long, acute, serrate. Ray florets yellow, ca. 25mm long; ligule oblong, 20–22 mm long, 3–5 veined, tridentate; corolla tube 4–5 mm long, hairy outside. Disc florets 5–6 mm long; corolla limb 2–3 mm long, 5-lobed; lobes triangular-ovate, ca. 1mm long. Achenes broadly oblong, 1.5–2 mm long, ribbed, white pubescent on the ribs. Pappus of reddish-brown, scabrid deciduous hairs, 4.5–5 mm long; scanty, absent in ray achenes.

Flowering & Fruiting: June–July.

Distribution: India: Western Himalaya (between 4000–4500 m), Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand; Pakistan.

Ecology: Rare, a small population of 9–12 individuals was observed in a small area on moist slope at 3900–4000 m, Kunth Khal of Valley of Flowers National Park.

The presence of A. nivalis   and D. falconeri   in the Valley of Flowers National Park on the one hand shows richness of flora, and on the other hand indicates better chances of survival of these rare species in the area where anthropogenic stresses are at a minimum. However, since the population sizes are very small, a close watch on the fate of these species is needed in future.


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Department of Botany, Swedish Museum of Natural History


HNB Garhwal University