Trees of the Trans-Himalaya: first report of Pinus wallichiana A. B. Jackson from Ladakh

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Keywords: Distribution, Himalaya, Taxonomy, Ladakh, Tree


Abstract


Documenting distribution records of biodiversity at regional scale plays a pivotal role in bridging the Wallacean shortfall in global knowledge on biodiversity. Here, we reported the first distribution record of a tree species, Pinus wallichiana A. B. Jackson to the flora of Ladakh – a remote region in Indian Trans-Himalaya. The tree species grows wild in the interior mountain valley of Kaksar in district Kargil of the region. Taxonomic description and photographic illustrations of the species are provided here to facilitate easy identification. We also highlighted the scientific significance of this new tree species record in better understanding of biogeography, paleoecology and paleo-climate of this remote Trans-Himalayan region in India.


Distribution, Himalaya, Taxonomy, Ladakh, Tree


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Acknowledgements


The research scholars at BioTa Lab and supporting staff at Centre for Biodiversity and Taxonomy, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir are acknowledged for their kind help during the course of the present study. We are thankful to Sub-District Magistrate, Drass and Forest Department, Kargil, for granting permission to conduct our botanical survey. We are highly grateful to esteemed reviewers for their useful comments which improved quality of the manuscript.


Author Information


Banoo Sakina
Centre for Biodiversity & Taxonomy, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
sakinabanoo1990@gmail.com
Ganie Aijaz Hassan
Department of Botany, Kargil, India


Khuroo Anzar Ahmad
Centre for Biodiversity & Taxonomy, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India