National Academy Science Letters

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 69–73 | Cite as

Juniperus chinensis L. (Cupressaceae): A New Taxa Record for Himalaya and Extension of Geographic Distribution in South Asia

  • Bikarma Singh
  • Phalisteen Sultan
  • Yashbir Singh Bedi
Short Communication


The present communication reports an extended distribution of Juniperus chinensis L. in the Indian Himalaya where it has been collected from Gurez valley of Jammu and Kashmir state. This record extends the known geographic distribution from Central and Southeast Asia to South Asia. Current finding strongly supports a relationship between northern Himalayan range of India and southern hill ranges of China. A detailed revised description, photographs, cone phenology, associated species and threat status as per IUCN have been provided for easy identification.


Juniperus chinensis New record Indian Himalaya South Asia Threatened species 



The Authors are thankful to Dr. Ram A Vishwakarma, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu for facilities and encouragement. This work is supported by grant from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India, New Delhi under 12th five year Plan project ‘Bioprospection of plant resources and other natural products (BSC–0106)’, and ‘Collection of plant resources from selected ecological niches for novel bioactivities (MLP-1007). This article represents institutional communication number IIIM/1647/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bikarma Singh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Phalisteen Sultan
    • 3
  • Yashbir Singh Bedi
    • 4
    • 2
  1. 1.Biodiversity and Applied Botany Division (Herbarium Section)CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative MedicineJammu-TawiIndia
  2. 2.Academy of Scientific and Innovative ResearchNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Branch LaboratoryCSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative MedicineSrinagarIndia
  4. 4.Plant Biotechnology DivisionCSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative MedicineJammu-TawiIndia

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