Lagotis cashmeriana Rupr. (Pakistan (Swat, Hazara), Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), NW-India as per Catalogue of Life)
Lagotis kunawurensis Rupr. (N-India (Kunawur), Pakistani Kashmir (Deosai, Baltistan), Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir, Zanskar) as per Catalogue of Life)
Lagotis clarkei Hook. f. (3800-4500 m; E. Himalaya (E. Nepal to Bhutan))
Lagotis kunawurensis (Royle ex Benth.) Rupr. (3900-5600 m; Himalaya (Baltistan to Bhutan), S. Tibet)
Lagotis nepalensis T. Yamaz. (5700 m; Nepal)
Some species found in India with description & keys from Flora of China [Distribution other than China]:
Lagotis clarkei J. D. Hooker [Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim].
Lagotis crassifolia Prain [Bhutan, Sikkim].
Lagotis pharica Prain [Bhutan].
Lagotis ramalana Batalin [Bhutan].
Fwd: Lagotis in the NW Himalaya and Tibetan Medicine. : 1 post by 1 author. 1 post by 1 author
I have recently posted images of the 3 species of this genus found in the NW Himalaya.
Two of these, L.globosa and L.kunawurensis, were new.
I was pleased to find ALL the postings on eFI, The Flowers of India and other links had been correctly identified as Lagotis cashmeriana.
Within ‘Tibetan Medicinal Plants’ (2001) is ‘hong len‘. Both Lagotis cashmeriana and Picrorhiza kurrooa were collected on the Rohtang under this name. The authors correctly comment that in Ladakh amchis gather Lagotis kunawurensis under the same Tibetan name. Whereas in Nepal, what was Picrorhiza scrophulariiflora (now Neopicrorhiza scrophulariifolia) is gathered under ‘hong len’ name as well.
Certainly shows the complexities of comparing Latin plant names with Tibetan ones!
Returning to Lagotis cashmeriana, the authors of the above book observe, “as this species is common (at least locally) and its area of distribution is large, there seems to be no danger posed by collecting (for use in Tibetan Medicine). However, since L.cashmeriana is considered to be an adulterant of ‘Kukti’, a drug usually furnished by the underground organs of Picrorhiza kurrooa, a potential danger of exploitation does exist.
I shall comment upon P.kurrooa – which for the time being remains in the Picrorhiza genus – in another post.
Lagotis (Plantaginaceae)- comparative images : 2 posts by 1 author.
May I request you to pl. go through & point out mistakes, if any. I hope this will aid in identifications in future. If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.
Kindly remove the photographs with yellow flowering plant from Ranunculaceae as it will create confusion.
Thanks, …, That shows the habitat. Species is also there, if you click on the image.