Sikkim with an area of 7,096 Sq.km is one of the smallest state of India, yet it is endowed with rich in biodiversity. With more than 4,500 species of flowering plants including more than 500 species of wild orchids and 38 species of rhododendrons, Sikkim truly is a paradise for botanist and flower enthusiast. Sikkim also shares commonalities of biodiversity with the neighboring Nepal and Bhutan.
For such a small state blessed with diverse species of flowers, not much literature is available. In order to fill the gap, an earnest effort was made to document the rich floral biodiversity in the form of the “Pictorial Handbook on Flowers of Sikkim” which includes 376 species of common occurrence flowers as well as rare, endangered and endemic flowering plants from lower to higher elevations with basic information botanical and common names, their probable distribution, habitat and their uses.
The book is handy not only for visitors, research scholars, students, teachers, flower enthusiasts but also for common man without any botany background.
For further details, please contact: Mr. Pema Bhutia, Sikkim
The Handbook of Flowering Plants of Nepal (Shrestha et al. 2017) is an updated version of “Enumeration of the Flowering Plants of Nepal Vols. 1-3 (Hara et al. 1978-1982)”, and “Annotated Checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal (Press et al. 2000)”. It is the first of two intended volumes. The publication outlines 91 families (Cycadaceae – Betulaceae), 696 genera and ca. 3004 taxa (2857 species, 33 subspecies, 113 varieties, and 1 forma) of gymnosperms and flowering plants (nearly 40 percent species of Nepal flora). It also includes 103 exotic species, and 137 species of doubtful or uncertain origin. Additional information includes information on type specimen of endemic species of Nepal. Similarly, Nepali names, English names, life forms, elevation ranges, and general distribution are provided for each species. Furthermore, economic use values of most of the species (with parts use), and information on species with IUCN Red List category, and CITES Appendices are also provided. Arrangement of orders and families is based on Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG IV, 2016), whereas, genera and species are arranged in alphabetical order. The book also covers basic information on global biodiversity; vegetation, forest types and flora of Nepal.“This book represents a major stepping-stone on the pathway in completing the Flora of Nepal, and is an indispensable resource for anyone working on Nepalese plants”- says Dr Mark F Watson, Editor-in-Chief, Flora of Nepal, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK.
A checklist of the dragonflies and damselflies occurring in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India (including Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka is presented. In total 588 (including 559 full species) taxa are known to occur in the region of which 251 taxa (species & subspecies) are single country endemics. Recent taxonomic changes relevant to the area are summarized. Sixteen taxa are synonymized and a checklist of all synonyms established since 1950 is provided. Information is given on available larval descriptions including a list of genera present in the region for which no larvae have yet been described. Numerous species occurring in the area are still poorly known and a list of genera for which a revision is urgently needed is provided.