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Plants in the Wild: Indian Himalayas

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Garhwal in May 2008

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Contribution from Susan Read 26 January 2011, 10:13top / bottom of page

The proposed AGS trip to the Indian Himalayas reminded me of a trek I did in Garhwal, a region about 100 miles to the east. I chose late spring largely because that is in the usual trekking season, so was readily available. We had unexpected storms (premonsoon) and slushy snow on some of the higher areas where we should have been camping on flowery meadows. The rhodo dendrons were nice but it was too early for much of interest.

The primulas, I took to be P. petiolaris (any comment?)

I think they had suffered from rain and low cloud made for dark photographic conditions

At times we walked under a canopy of R. campanulatum

Rhododendron arboreum was the more common species

Primula denticulata was the only other primula inflower at that time

Above the tree-line cotoneaster lined the route (compactly trimmed by goats!)

Contribution from Susan Read 26 January 2011, 11:19top / bottom of page

The shepherds seemed to have become goatherds, the goats presumably prized for their pashmina hair.

At higher altitudes and in damper conditions sheep grazed closely but did not eat the roots of plants.

Villages were a feature of this trek (known as Kauri pass or Curzon's route). Unlike Nepal the people did not cater to visitors but were very friendly.

The highlight of one day was Paeonia emodi

I believe this is Rosularia rosulata.

Locally very common, Iris kumaonensis in various shades

There were a few blue corydalis ..would this be C. cashmeriana?

There were a few plants of Saxifraga ?roylei

More P denticulata, of which there were more than just a few. Near the melting snow on the high meadows there were carpets of them.


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