African Violet Plant discovered in Mizoram

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal have discovered an endangered species of African Violet Plant in the state of Mizoram and its adjacent areas.

About African violet Plant

Didymocarpus vickifunkiae the scientific name of the plant is currently known to grow in three locations in the state’s north-eastern border with Myanmar. This plant is considered as an endangered species and it grows on trees. This plant also produces light pink coloured flowers during the monsoon season. The plant has been named to honour Dr Vicki Ann Funk, a renowned botanist. The discovery of this plant has been published in the journal Systematic Botany, a reputed journal that is published by the American Society for Plant Taxonomists.

The discovery of this plant brings to light the undiscovered diverse varieties of flora that can be found in the north-eastern states of India. The north-eastern part of India is also a part of two biodiversity hotspots. They are:

  • Indo-Burma Hotspot
  • Eastern Himalayas.

Exploring this north-eastern region can bring up such more flora species that still remain undiscovered in India.

About Dr. Vicki Ann Funk

She was a botanist and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and she was a founding member of the International Biogeography Society. She was known to collect plants from various regions of the world and was mostly passionate about Asteraceae, commonly known as daisies or composite.

About National Museum of Natural History

Located in Washington DC, USA, it is a natural history museum that is administered by the Smithsonian Institution. The museum has collection of over 145 million specimens.

About Mizoram

Capital: Aizawl.

Chief Minister: Zoramthanga.

Governor: P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.


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