Cortiella hookeri (C. B. Cl.) C. Norman, J. Bot. 75: 94 1937. (syn: Cortia hookeri C. B. Cl.; Cortiella cauwetmarciana M.A. Farille & S.B. Malla; Cortiella glacialis Bonner; Pleurospermum glacialis (Bonner) M. Hiroe; Schulzia hookeri (C. B. Cl.) M. Hiroe; Selinum cordioides C. Norman);
India (C- to E-Himalaya), Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Chumbi as per Catalogue of Life;
Fwd: Cortiella hookeri in Eastern Nepal – new to efi : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
I am attaching 2 images of high-alpine Cortiella hookeri taken by Peter Curzon in Eastern Nepal during the Joint British & Nepalese Army Expedition to Mt. Kirat Chuli in 1985 – close to the Sikkimese border.
The first image shows the usefulness of using a ruler in photos. Dr Curzon’s slides have been scanned in.
Flowers of the Himalaya says this grows amongst rocks & on stony slopes @ 4300-5500m from Central Nepal to SW China.
Flora of Bhutan gives this in alpine turf and particularly screes @ 3950-5500m in Sikkim, Chumbi & Bhutan.
However, this also gives Cortiella cortioides from similar elevations and the same distribution in screes, rocky slopes & free-draining sandy areas.
The two species are not easy to tell apart. The latter was not recorded in ‘Enumeration of the Flowering Plants of Nepal’ but that was in 1979. Perhaps the differences were not recognised at the time?