India: Scientists discover new Viola plant in Kashmir

Researchers at the University of Kashmir have discovered a new plant in the Kashmir Himalaya, which is one of the unique biodiversity hotspots in the world.

The plant was discovered by researchers of the Centre for Biodiversity and Taxonomy, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir.
The researchers have named the plant Viola suavis subsp naqshii, and it belongs to genus Viola (commonly known as violets) and family (Violaceae). Notably, the findings were published last month in Phytotaxa, a leading international scientific journal.

Dr. Anzar Khuroo, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, said the new plant was discovered in Hazratbal, Srinagar. He said this is for the first time that this type of plant has been found in the world.

The researchers have named the plant in honor of renowned plant taxonomist late Dr. A. R. Naqshi, former faculty at Dept. of Botany, UoK.

Dr. Naqshi contributed to plant taxonomy and played an important role in establishing the KASH herbarium – recognized by New-York-based Index Herbarium.


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