Published on: October 19, 2021
What is in news : A plant discovered in Uttarakhand in 2019 has been newly confirmed as a new species of Allium — the genus that includes many staple foods such as onion and garlic, among 1,100 species worldwide.
- Discovered by , Principal Scientist at ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources in New Delhi
- In the border area of Malari village, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
- Grows at 3,000 to 4,800 m above sea level and can be found along open grassy meadows, sandy soils along rivers, and streams forming in snow pasture lands along alpine meadows, where the melting snow helps carry its seeds to more favourable areas.
- With a narrow distribution, this newly described species is restricted to the region of western Himalayas and hasn’t yet been reported from anywhere else in the world