A new alpine plant species has been discovered by a team of researchers from three institutes across India in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
According to reports, the new species belongs to the genus Cremanthodium, commonly known as the Himalayan sunflower, of the family Asteraceae. Cremanthodium is an alpine genus distributed in the Sino-Himalayan region, with a total of 78 recognized species. India was so far represented by 16 species and one subspecies. The new discovery has been named Cremanthodium indicum, after the country of its origin, India.
The discovery was made by Dipankar Borah of Goalpara College, Dr Rajeev Kumar Singh of the Botanical Survey of India and Dr Lobsang Tashi Thungon of the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology.