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National flower Rhododendron facing existential crisis in Ilam highlands

Review Nepal
  Kathmandu, Nepal      March 18 2017

Rhododendron flowers are seen in full bloom on the backdrop of majestic view of mountains from Kahunkot of Pokhara in Kaski district, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photo: RSS

ILAM: The national flower of Nepal, rhododendron, is seemingly falling into the list of endangered species of flora in face of negligence and lack of proper conservation efforts by the concerned authorities.
The open border, lack of awareness, open grazing, unsystematic urbanisation and use of unrestrained timber have resulted in decline in the number of rhododendron found in the highlands of Ilam.
Rhododendrons are being used by the Indian Seema Surakchya Bal (SSB) and in hotels and construction purposes in the eastern Pushapatinagar to Sandakpur are being conserved in the Singha Lila National Park. Since the entry has been banned there, the illegal traders have shifted to Nepal.
“There is a need to develop substantive policy from the Ministry of Forest and the Department of Forestry for proper conservation of rhododendrons,” High Hill Herb Association’s Deepak Rangeli shared.
Rhododendrons can be seen in Majhamjhuwa, Mawu, Jamuna, Majhpori, Puwamjhuwa, Pyang and Jogmai VDCs of the district.RSS