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New species of plant discovered in Nepal, Named ‘Thunbergia Casajuana’

KATHMANDU:- A new species of plant has been discovered in Nagarkot area in Kathmandu Valley, unraveling the richness of Nepal’s floral landscape to the world.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in the UK has named it ‘Thunbergia Casajuana’ after Saroj Kumar Kasaju discovered and sent it. Kasaju, who is keen in botany, had sent the photos and details about the newly found plant to the RBGE some four years ago.
He used to take pictures of any plant he would find unique or that astounded him and send them to the botany sector related organizations.
Dr Bhaskar Adhikari and John Wood of the RBGE had pursued further study into the species of plant introduced to them by Kasaju and published research papers on it in some journals.
The plant got official recognition after it was published in the ‘Q Bulletin’ published in the UK.
Dr Adhikari exclaimed, “Scientists from all over the world contribute for the researches and studies of plants. It is a rare thing that a non-botanist person who is from Nepal discovers a new type of plant and it is recognized by prestigious organization as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.”
Adhikari, who works in RBGE, a 350-year-old world-renowned scientific centre dedicated towards the study and conservation of plants, expressed his gratitude towards Kasaju for his new discovery.
Flora of Nepal, a website recognized by the Ministry of Forest and Environment of Nepal and that also partners with RBGE, has put the number of species of plants to be found in Nepal over 1,500. They include flowering plants, non-flowerings and creepers among others.
Born at Chautara of Sindhupalchowk district, Kasaju is currently residing at Gyaneshwor, Kathmandu. A plant lover by passion, he is a retired official of the Nepal Airlines Corporation.

Published Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 | 08:40 AM

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