Distribution of Rhododendron falconeri Hook. F. (Ericales: Ericaceae) in Yuksam-Dzongri trekking corridor of Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India

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Aseesh Pandey
Hemant K. Badola


Rhododendron falconeri Hook.f. [= Azalea falconeri (Hook.f.) Kuntze] is a potential candidate for conservation in Sikkim State due to its threatened status and startling features especially during the flowering period.  We studied the status and habitats for R. falconeri across the Yuksam-Dzongri trekking corridor in Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim eastern Himalaya.  These findings will help to develop conservation strategies for R. falconeri and landscape beautification sustainability in the long run. 


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Aseesh Pandey, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Sikkim Unit, Pangthang, Gangtok

Aseesh Pandey (PhD, Botany) is associated with the G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Sikkim Regional Center (GBPNIHESD-SRC), as a researcher. His research areas are to understand the patterns of plant diversity, ecological and threat assessment of High-value Medicinal Plants (HMPs), of the Himalaya.

Hemant K. Badola, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Sikkim Unit, Pangthang, Gangtok

H.K. Badola is former Senior Level Scientist (Conservation of Biodiversity) and Scientist in-charge, GBPNIHESD, Sikkim Unit has over three decades research experience dealing with various aspects biodiversity conservation and management, especially including the threatened taxa, in the Himalayas. Presently, he is a freelance expert of Biodiversity, Bioculture and Climate Change.


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