Berberis osmastonii Dunn, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1920: 335 1920.;

Image by D S Rawa




Berberis osmastonii Dunn, a rare and threatened endemic photographed in Uttarakhand : Attachments (1). 6 posts by 5 authors.

Berberis osmastonii Dunn. (Berberidaceae) is a narrow endemic of Uttarakhand. No photograph of this endemic species is available on web and the photograph uploaded here is probably the first one as I failed to find it on the net.
This species is extremely rare and listed in Indian Red Data Book and IUCN Red Data Book 1997.
I noticed few individuals in the habitat.
Locality of the species is intentionally not disclosed to avoid collection from this wild habitat.

That’s great, …

Yes It is an endemic species, but very common in Uttarakhand specially in two district (Chamoli and Pithoragarh). I have seen this plant in four different localities in the state and counted app. 5000 individuals. Yes this species have only limited habitats.
As i had published in my paper in The Checklist and also mention in my Thesis.

I appreciate seeing this picture and the fact that you very sensibly and with great sensitivity did not disclose the location.
I applaud your efforts and insights and responsible attitude.

Thank you for your comment;… a comment from the expert of the family in Western Himalaya.

I believe that a narrow endemic with only a population of 5000 individuals (or little more) is always at risk of extinction.


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