A team of Scientists of 3 institutes have discovered a new species of alpine plant in Arunachal’s Tawang district. The details were published in Biodiversitas: Journal of Biological Diversity.

New Alpine Plant Species

  • It belongs to the family of Himalayan sunflower.
  • The new species of plant has been named as Cremanthodium indicum.
  • This species generally flowers from July to August.
  • It is endemic to the Penga-Teng Tso Lake of Tawang district.
  • As per the IUCN Guideline, this alpine plant species has been listed as critically endangered.

About Alpine Plants

The Alpine Plants that grow in the alpine climate. Many of the plant species and taxon grow as a plant community in such alpine tundra including perennial grasses, forbs, sedges, mosses, cushion plants and lichens. These plants are adapted to harsh alpine climatic of environmental conditions such as dryness, low temperatures, wind, drought, ultraviolet radiation, poor nutritional soil and a short growing season.

Alpine climate

Typical weather for the regions that occurs above the tree line. It is also known as the mountain climate or highland climate.

Tree line

The Tree line is the edge of habitat at which trees are capable to grow. It is found at high elevations and high latitudes. Tree line the line beyond which the trees cannot tolerate environmental conditions like extreme snowpack, cold temperatures, or associated lack of moisture.

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