Polygonatum govanianum Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts.: 380 (1839);
NE. Pakistan to W. Himalaya as per POWO;

Polygonatum multiflorum (L.) All. submission AS15 June22: 8 high res. images
Here’s a Polygonatum species addition to eFloraofIndia website.
Polygonatum multiflorum (L.) All.
Family- Asparagaceae

Photographed in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh
In early June 2022
Elevation – 2400 metres

I do not know why POWO and CoL does not show distribution in India, while it is shown in BSI Checklist and Flora of Pakistan.
Is it because of some revision subsequently?

I was in same dilemma in 2019, when I firstly checked it on POWO, On the basis of PoWO’s geographical distribution I was ready to publish it as new record to India. But after checking herbarium sheets and local floras, it was cleared that this species is known from different regions of Western Himalaya. I think the site of PoWO is still under construction, not fully belief able in respect of distribution.

Polygonatum multiflorum is strictly European-Caucasus in distribution. Plants from the western Himalaya are now re-recognized as P. govanianum which has a different chromosome number, morphology, and is closer to the Chinese P. yunnanense, P. orientale, and others.


Your Polygonatum govanianum images:
please find the attachments, Images of P. govanianum.
Captured – Darori Doda JK
Alt 1900 m amsl

Beautiful! Nice to see some good images of this species.


Polygonatum multiflorum in FOI:
Polygonatum multiflorum in FOI needs to be changed to Polygonatum govanianum Royle, as per discussions at Polygonatum multiflorum (L.) All. submission AS15 June22
Pl. do the needful.




efi thread  POWO  (Floden, A. (2018). Nomenclatural novelties in Polygonatum (Asparagaceae) and notes on some recent species distributions Annales Botanici Fennici 56: 5-11.)
Catalogue of Life  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of Pakistan (Polygonatum multiflorum (L.) All.) FOP illustration  India Biodiversity Portal