Primitive plants sighted in Tsirang

UntitledA primitive plant species Podocarpusneriifolius is sighted in Tsirang Dzongkhag. The podocarpus belongs to the family of Podocarpaceae in the major Gymnosperms groups (Conifers, Cycads,Podocarpus). Literature reveals that it is found in India, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Loas, Combodia etc. Podocarpus is an evergreen plant that grows up to 10-15 meters in between 650 m and 1600 m altitude.

Because of its distribution and population, it is rare species in Bhutan. Based on the information received from forestry colleague, one single tree each is found in Tashiyangtse and Zhemgang Dzongkhag. In Tsirang, a single tree is sighted in Damphu Higher Secondary School (DHSS) compound and four trees in Majuwa under Kikorthang Geog. The single tree at DHSS probably could have been planted as it is found in the School plantation area where as trees as Majuwa are naturally grown. It is found growing in rocky cliff with natural regeneration limited to undisturbed areas underneath the mother trees. Tsirang Forest Division will initiate raising of nursery seedlings as a conservation measure.

Submitted by: K.N Ghimeray, Tsirang Forest Division

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