Endemic Primula xanthopa Balf.f. & R.E. Cooper: rediscovery after 88 years from Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhutan

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Namgay Shacha
Karma Sangay
Tshering Dendup
Tez Bdr Ghalley


During recent floristic exploration Primula xanthopa Balf.f. & R.E.Cooper was rediscovered from south-west of Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhutan on 5 August 2021 at an elevation of 3,785 m. The plant is recorded for the first time after initial discovery by R.E. Cooper in 1915. Identification and morphological description of P. xanthopa was done through Flora of Bhutan manual. It was found thriving in a small population in a fir forest among grazing and anthropogenic activities. A detailed description, distribution, habitat, conservation status, and photographic illustrations are provided.

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