Floras/check-lists NW Himalaya

I know of no such floras or check-lists OF A SATISFACTORY STANDARD published by Indian botanists since partition of India, covering the NW Himalaya! The Botanical Survey of India has singularly failed in their responsibilities and requires disbanding and re-started!  Successive Indian Governments have discouraged International Collaboration, resulting in the Flora of Pakistan and even the Flora of Nepal both countries with a fraction of the resources and man-power of India, having better-known floras.

ALL such floras and check-lists are littered with misidentifications, omissions and incorrect information.

Flora of Himachal Pradesh

Flora of Lahaul-Spiti

The flora of the NW Himalaya, other than Dr Ralph Stewart's excellent 'An Annotated Catalogue of the vascular plants of Pakistan and Kashmir' (1972), has been inadequately studied since the 1930s!

Chris Chadwell approached the then Director-General of the Botanical Survey of India in 1985 with a view to collaborating with Indian botanists on an up-to-date Flora for Ladakh.  He was informed that this was for Indian botanists!  Well, over 30 years later, still no sign of the flora and if it appears, it will be of a inferior standard.  So Chris, aided by photos submitted by the Late Krishan Lal, is making great strides to privately publish, on behalf of the Himalayan Plant Association, the new series of 4 guides (see below).

Floras and check-lists published by foreigners

In addition to Stewart's mammoth effort:

'Flowers of the Himalaya' (Polunin & Staintion, 1984) was a popular guide illustrating and describing with 690 colour photos and 315 line drawings,  c. 1/10th of the common, visually attractive and noteworthy species which occurred within their definition of the Himalaya.

''Supplement to Flowers of the Himalaya' (Stainton, 1997) covering 350 species not previously described in the main volume plus 250 additional photos of species not illustrated or only illustrated by line drawings in the previous volume.

'A Field Guide to the Flora of Ladakh' (Dvorsky, Klimes, Dolezal, Wild & Dickore, 2018) covering some 500 of the 1000 or so wild species found in Ladakh, so c. 50%, thus not strictly-speaking a flora or check-list.

'WILD FLOWERS OF KASHMIR - a digital photographic guide and Flora' (Chris Chadwell & Krishan Lal; Part I: Genera A-B, Summer 2018) * Other 6 parts to follow of next 12-18 months.

'WILD FLOWERS OF LADAKH - a digital photographic guide and Flora' (Chris Chadwell & Krishan Lal; Part I: Genera A-B, Summer 2018) * Other 6 parts to follow of next 12-18 months.

'WILD FLOWERS OF LAHAUL (& SPITI) - a digital photographic guide and Flora' (Chris Chadwell & Krishan Lal; Part I: Genera A-B, Summer 2018) * Other 6 parts to follow of next 12-18 months.

'WILD FLOWERS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH - a digital photographic guide and Flora' (Chris Chadwell & Krishan Lal; Part I: Genera A-B, Summer 2018) * Other 6 parts to follow of next 12-18 months.



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