IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR)
jatamansi (D. Don) DC., Prodr. 4: 624 624 1830. (Syn: Nardostachys grandiflora DC.; Patrinia jatamansi D. Don);


Flora of Uttarakhand- Herb2 for Id- JM:
Wild Herb captured in 2nd week of August’10 during the trek from Ghangaria to Hemkunt Sahib.

Nardostachys jatamansi DC. Coll. Mém. vii. 4. t. 2 (1830).

– The plant looks different from Nardostachys jatamansii on two counts

The leaves are supposed to be broader, shining and latitudinally veined. Here we can see a clear midrib
The flowers typically are reddish in colour.

Nardostachys jatamansi
Family: Valerianaceae
English Common Name/s: Muskroot, Indian Spikenard
Uses: Rhizomes and Roots are medicinal and also used in perfumery industry.

-Being a taxonomist, when I get a plant in my hand, my first habit is to check the original protologue or illustration or herbarium. Rest of the floras are secondary for me as they always should be. The illustration on the protologue says it all.
This should be Nardostachys jatamansi DC.Coll. Mém. vii. 4. t. 2 (1830). The illustration is  “t. 2” from the above reference. I do see similar leaf with single mid rib in the illustration and it does seem shining to me….

Pl. confirm it as Nardostachys jatamansi or otherwise.

Very beautiful images … thanks for sharing..
I think … have very recently shared this, for me this is rightly identified as Nardostachys jatamansi
… will tell finally..

Yes it is Nardostachys jatamansi (Valerianaceae).

Its recent name is Nardostachys grandiflora Syn: N.jatamansi. To remove confusion another member of this family, i.e. Valeriana wallichii is now named as V jatamansi.


Nardostachys jatamansi (D.Don) DC. from Uttarakhand: Sep. 2014_DSR_10 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Nardostachys jatamansi (D.Don) DC. is an important medicinal plant of alpine Himalaya much exploited for its aromatic and medicinal rootstocks. It is species listed in Indian Red Data Book.

Thanks … for showing this very significant species by beautiful pictures.. I am yet to see this…


please help me get these names 5: 2 images.
Posting these separately species wise, to reduce confusion in ids and as per posting guidelines from please help me get these names. (from …):
I got these herbs from my trip to Chitrakoot. One shop was selling lots of herbs. I got some more herbs as they were dirt cheap. He did put name stickers in the pouch but Now the problem is that I can not get the correct common or English names of these items.
Can you please help me identify these herbs based on your knowledge and the names he had provided (he may be wrong because he had to sell them anyway).

Tacca leontopetaloides.

Another image from ‘I don’t know the names‘.

Looks different from tubers of


Plant ID from Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand: 1 image.
Request for identification:

Date: 20 August 2023
Location: Dayara-Gidara range, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
Altitude: 4100 meters asl
Plant habit/habitat: Wild

Nardostachys jatmansi ..!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *