Photographic Flora of Pakistan's Mountain Flowers

I have observed how unreliable the identifications are within some web-sites, blogs, articles, books etc. about Pakistan flowers - other than the volumes of 'An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Pakistan & Kashmir' and the 'Flora of Pakistan Database'.  Accepted, the knowledge of Pakistan flora is greater than that of India's, which is commendable, given that Pakistan has a fraction of the manpower and resources, which is down to far greater international collaboration and a willingness to permit Stewart to compile his catalogue - to this day (nearly 50 years later), India has nothing comparable!  However, the standards of many printed and on-line 'botanical' resources are poor, leading to confusion.

Unfortunately, I can only boast a single visit to Northern Pakistan and that was back in 1987, when leading a botanical tour (see: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/swat-valley-pakistan---a-celebration-of-its-flora) but thanks to Dr Ralph Stewart, who presented me with his last copy of his life's work, An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Pakistan & Kashmir', when I visited him at a retirement home for Presbyterian Missionaries in California, I have the best available overall reference work on Pakistan's flora, along with other items in my private library, which cover Pakistan plants.

As there currently is no site offering an ACCURATE & RELIABLE identification service for Pakistan plants, despite all the other demands upon my time, I feel compelled to begin one.  Hopefully, my eldest son, Matthew, will shortly set-up a separate 'site', as he did for Flora of the NW Himalaya.

My expertise lies in mountain plants, so I shall limit myself to these - you will have to go elsewhere for lower-elevation species but hopefully my example may inspire someone else to take on the low-altitude plants, though whether there is anyone out there with the necessary expertise (and if so, the willingness to work hard for free), remains to be seen.

SO, I INVITE PAKISTAN RESIDENTS AND THOSE WHO UNDERTAKE TREKS IN PAKISTAN, TO SEND ME IMAGES OF THE FLOWERS THEY TOOK; I WILL NAME THEM AS BEST I CAN, BUILDING UP A REFERENCE COLLECTION OF THE FLORA.  I WILL BE OFFERING ADVICE ABOUT WHAT SORT OF PHOTOS I AM LOOKING FOR, BECAUSE THE TYPICAL SINGLE, GENERAL IMAGE, DOES NOT ALWAYS PROVIDE DETAILS OF DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERISTICS - NO MATTER HOW 'PRETTY' IT MIGHT BE.  AND IT DOES MATTER TO CORRECTLY IDENTIFY PLANTS - UNLESS ONE DOES, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CONSERVE THEM PROPERLY.

I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDES TO THE FLOWERS OF KASHMIR, LADAKH, LAHAUL & SPITI, HIMACHAL PRADESH. PERHAPS, IF THIS PROJECT ATKES OFF, IN THE COMING YEARS, SOMETHING SIMILAR FOR THE MOUNTAIN FLOWERS OF PAKISTAN MAY BE FEASIBLE - THE STARTING POINT IS LIKELY TO BE BALTISTAN, AS THERE IS ALREADY AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF IMAGES OF FLOWERS TAKEN THERE BY MARIJN VAN DEN BRINK, SEE: https://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/Pakistan-new/i-CkSw2Ts.  STEWART HAD BEGUN COMPILING A CHECK-LIST OF LADAKH & BALTISTAN FLORA WHEN I MET HIM IN CALIFORNIA IN 1983 - HE CONSIDERED THAT THE FLORAS OVERLAPED SO MUCH, THAT FLORISTICALLY, THERE WAS LITTLE JUSTIFICATION IN SEPARATING THEM, THOUGH OF COURSE THERE IS THE MAJOR CONSIDERATION OF ONE BEING IN INDIAN AND THE OTHER, PAKISTAN, TERRITORY!
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