Journal of Threatened Taxa | | 26 May 2016 | 8(5): 8835–8836





New distribution record of Sarcopyramis napalensis Wall. (Melastomataceae) from Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India

J.K. Tiwari 1, P. Tiwari 2, Dinesh Singh Rawat 3, Radha Ballabha 4 & C.S. Rana 5


1,2,3,4 Plant Systematics and Palynology Laboratory, Department of Botany & Microbiology, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand 246174, India

5 Dabur Research & Development Centre (DRDC), Dabur India Limited, Kaushambi, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201010, India

1, 2, 3 (corresponding author), 4, 5






Editor: K.S. Negi, NBPGR-ICAR, Nainital, India. Date of publication: 26 May 2016 (online & print)


Manuscript details: Ms # o4210 | Received 17 January 2015 | Final received 03 May 2016 | Finally accepted 07 May 2016


Citation: Tiwari, J.K., P. Tiwari, D.S. Rawat, R. Ballabha & C.S. Rana (2016). New distribution record of Sarcopyramis napalensis Wall. (Melastomataceae) from Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(5): 8835–8836;


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Funding: None.


Conflict of Interest: The authors declare no competing interests.


Acknowledgement: The authors gratefully acknowledged the help and cooperation by Sri Ranjeet Singh Rawat of village Bukhali (Gairsain) during the field study. We are also thankful to Dr. D.S. Rawat, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar and Dr. Gurcharan Singh, Associate Professor (Retired), SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, for help in identification.



During the course of floristic exploration in Chamoli District (Uttarakhand State, India), the authors came across populations of Sarcopyramis Wall., growing in a shady moist locality of Panichhoya forest of Gairsain (Chamoli), on the right flank of river Ramganga. Critical examination revealed the plant as Sarcopyramis napalensis Wall. of Melastomataceae. Two populations ca. 150–200 individuals each were observed under the present study. So far, this species has been recorded in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram and Sikkim in eastern Himalaya and recently, its occurrence was reported in western Himalaya by Pusalkar (2013). The species has not been reported by earlier workers from Garhwal Himalaya (Duthie 1903; Babu 1977; Raizada & Saxena 1978; Polunin & Stainton 1984; Naithani 1984–85; Gaur 1999; Uniyal et al. 2007). Thus, this is the first report on the occurrence of Sarcopyramis napalensis Wall. in Garhwal Himalaya and an addition to the ‘Flora of Chamoli’ as well. The voucher specimen has been deposited at HNB Garhwal University Herbarium, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand (GUH 20736).


Sarcopyramis napalensis 

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Specimen examined: GUH 20736, 19.viii.2014, Panichhoya forest, Chamoli, Garhwal Himalaya, India, coll. Dinesh Singh Rawat (Image 3).

Herb, erect, 15–20 cm tall, solitary or branched above. Stems 4-sided, succulent, glabrous. Leaves opposite, decussate, petiole 1–2 cm, secondary veins 1 or 2 on each side of mid-vein, tertiary veins parallel; leaf blade broadly ovate-sub-lanceolate, 3–8 x 2–3 cm, membranous, often with white spots, base cuneate-sub round and slightly decurrent, margin serrulate, apex acuminate. Inflorescence terminal cyme, nearly 3–5 flowered; bracts 2, sub-sessile, foliaceous, ovate; pedicel short, ca. 2mm, 4-angled, narrowly winged on angles. Hypanthium cupular–funnel form, ca. 5mm, 4-sided, usually winged on angles. Calyx lobes-4, ca. 1mm, apex usually truncate or with a fimbriate membranous disk. Petals 4, ca. 7mm, usually oblique, obovate, apex apiculate or truncate, pink-purplish. Stamens 8, equal in size, filament ca. 3mm long, anthers ca. 1mm, dehiscence poricidal, yellow; connective decurrent, forming a short spur. Style ca. 2mm, stigma capitate. Ovary inferior. Capsule cup-shaped, 4-sided, crown exserted from hypanthium, membranous. Seeds small, numerous.

Flowering & Fruiting: August–September and October–November.

Ecology: Uncommon, shaded damp habitat or stream side, associated with species of Selaginella, Hydrocotyle, Pilea, in broad-leaved mixed Oak-Rhododendon (Quercus leucotrichophora - Rhododendon arboreum) forest.

Distribution: Bhutan, China, India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Sikkim, Uttarakhand), Malesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand. At Birthi-Ruiger forest (2350–2425 m) of Pithoragarh (Kumaon) and Panichhoya forest (ca. 2000–2150 m), 10km westward to Gairsain, district Chamoli (Garhwal) in Uttarakhand.









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