IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR)

Saussurea
costus (Falc.) Lipsch., Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) xlix. 131 (1964). 1964. (Syn: Aplotaxis lappa Decne.; Aucklandia costus Falc.; Aucklandia lappa Decne.; Saussurea lappa (Decne.) Sch.Bip.; Theodorea costus Kuntze);
 
so-SUR-ree-a — named for Nicolas-Theodore de Saussure, Swiss chemist andDave’s Botanary
KOS-tus — derived from the Sanskrit name kushthaDave’s Botanary

commonly known as: costus • Dogri: kushtha, kuth • Hindi: kushta, kuth

Native to: Himalaya (India), n Pakistan

Literature indicates that it is not known in wild but cultivated in Western Himalaya. The original wild populations were known to exist in J&K and Himachal Pradesh. In Uttarakhand it is cultivated in many places and also introduced in forest nurseries.
 
Images by Balkar Singh (1,2,3) and Nidhan Singh (4) 

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Flora of Chakrata: Saussurea costus from Deovan Chakrata:

Saussurea costus from Deovan Chakrata
pls validate


cultivated in Deo Van Herbal Garden Chakrata


Yes Saussurea costus


few pics from same place


 

 

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VoF Week :: DV :: 02 AUG 12 – 1248 :: ¿ Saussurea costus ? at Valley of Flowers:  2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowersabout 11000 – 12000 ft
Habitat: sloping meadow
Habit: erect herb, about 2 m high, flower in blooming stage, about 2 – 2.5 cm across


Agree with id


 

 

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4 images. 2 posts by 2 authors.
Saussurea costus (Falc.) Lipsch.  
so-SUR-ree-a — named for Nicolas-Theodore de Saussure, Swiss chemist andDave’s Botanary
KOS-tus — derived from the Sanskrit name kushthaDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: costus • Dogri: kushtha, kuth • Hindi: kushta, kuth
Native to: Himalaya (India), n Pakistan
References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaNPGS / GRINENVIS – FRLHT
in Valley of Flowers on 02 AUG 12 

Very good photographs


 

 

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2 posts by 2 authors.
Saussurea costus (Falc.) Lipsch.
Syn: Saussurea lappa (Decne.) C. B. Clarke
An important medicinal plant, photographed from Herbal Garden, Kashmir.


 

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I hope I will get validation/correction of id for this species shot from valley of flowers area…
is this Saussurea costus 


efi page on Saussurea costus


In my views it is Sausurea costus, it is on the way when we cross the small bridge from Gangaria and turned to the way Valley of Flowers and seems to be planted.


It is S. costus (= S. lappa) the costus root plant.
Literature indicates that it is not known in wild but cultivated in Western Himalaya. The original wild populations were known to exist in J&K and Himachal Pradesh. In Uttarakhand it is cultivated in many places and also introduced in forest nurseries.


                                                                         

  
 
 
 
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