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Published: 2018-02-27

Saussurea ramchaudharyi (Asteraceae), a new species from Nepal

1. Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2. Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University
Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University
Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University
Alpine region Compositae endemic species Himalayan flora macro-morphology threatened taxa

Abstract

Saussurea ramchaudharyi Ghimire & Rana, a new species from the alpine slopes of northwestern region of Nepal is described and illustrated. It is closely related to S. topkegolensis and S. gossypiphora, both of which are the members of S. subgen. Eriocoryne, but differs by having much shorter (2.5–3 cm vs. ≥4 cm) stem, greenish purple upper leaves extending half of length of capitula, broadly campanulate involucres, 4-seriate phyllaries, apically glabrous inner phyllaries, much smaller achene (≤2 mm vs. >2 mm) and inner bristles of pappus shorter than corolla. The species is categorized as Critically Endangered based on the IUCN Red List categories and criteria.