A new distribution report of the Critically Endangered Amomum kingii Baker (Zingiberaceae) outside Sikkim, India

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Sreetama Bhadra
Maumita Bandyopadhyay


In this correspondence, the distribution of a population of Amomum kingii Baker, a Critically Endangered species of Zingiberaceae, is reported from Darjeeling District, West Bengal, India.  Previously, this plant was described only from Sikkim, India and no other population of this endemic plant has ever been found outside this distributional range.  In the present study, the plant was morphologically described and molecular characterization was done for the first time using three DNA regions- ITS, matK and rbcL.  The urgency and necessity of conservation of this plant has also been discussed.

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Sreetama Bhadra, Plant Molecular Cytogenetics Laboratory, Centre of Advanced Study, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India

Research Scholar, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta

Maumita Bandyopadhyay, Plant Molecular Cytogenetics Laboratory, Centre of Advanced Study, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta


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