Rediscovery of the Bhutan Primrose Primula jigmediana W.W. Smith (Angiosperms: Primulaceae) after 87 years in Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhutan

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Tez Bdr. Ghalley
Tshering Dendup
Karma Sangay
Namgay Shacha


Primula jigmediana W.W. Smith named in honour of His Majesty the 2nd King of Bhutan was confined to Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhutan until recent record from Arunachal Pradesh, India. Primula jigmediana has been rediscovered from same region after the lapse of 87 years in Bhutan. The paper shows the morphological descriptions and distributional records of the species in Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. The species was found growing along the humid sides of streams and lakes at narrower elevation of 4,300–4,600 m in isolated patches. Yaks and Ophiocordyceps sinensis collectors were observed as the prime anthropogenic threat to the species. Hence, instant conservation measures to protect this rare species is deemed necessary. 

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