IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR)

jatamansi (D. Don) DC., Prodr. 4: 624 624 1830. (Syn: Nardostachys grandiflora DC.; Patrinia jatamansi D. Don)
Images by J.M.Garg (ID by Pankaj Kumar) and D.S.Rawat





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 Rawat Ji 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. 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…



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