Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week :: Poaceae : Grass for id from Chokori- NS 26 :
Chakori is a volcanic formation with granite at 2000m altitude in Pithoragarh district. This offers a wide range of idiosyncratic species, much different from the surrounding vegetation. There are several species in a small plateau of around 5 sq.km which are unique and not found in the rest of the district. The highest record of Dimeria ornithopoda is from this place. Several plants of peninsular India are found in this small area of the Himalayas. Someone can do a detailed study of this area as you may find several missing distributional links between Himalayas and peninsular India. The plateau has moist areas and small streams flowing here and there on the granitic rocks and hence home to several semi-aquatic species like Utricularia, Eriocaulon, etc. not very common elsewhere in the Himalayas. This place is being destroyed by construction of resorts and hotels as it is the best place to view the entire range of snow peaks of the Kumaon Himalayas. If someone can make an attempt to study the flora and fauna of this plateau, it can be proposed as an ecosensitive zone where no construction activities should take place.
Many many thanks … for this id and really interesting information regarding geology of the area, yes the small stretch extending from Chokori towards Munsiyari holds unique vegetation.. a lovely place to visit and stay for few days, if detailed analysis of vegetation is to be done, we could not stay much…
Well said … This area is becoming big tourist hub now days, already 10-15 hotels are there. We stayed there every time during our visit to Kausani or Gori Valley. Nature is being destroyed there. We should write to authorities in this matter.