Flora of Chakrata: Bergenia ciliata from Deovan Herbal Garden

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Balkar Arya

Sep 23, 2011, 10:05:07 PM9/23/11
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Dear All
Bergenia ciliata from Deovan Herbal Garden
an important Herbal medicine for Kidney Stones


Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
Arya P G College, Panipat
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Gurcharan Singh

Sep 23, 2011, 10:37:26 PM9/23/11
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Yes Balkar ji

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089

Balkar Arya

Sep 24, 2011, 3:33:49 AM9/24/11
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Thanks Sir


Nov 21, 2016, 10:51:53 PM11/21/16
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Stewart listed Bergenia himalaica (syn. B.ciliata var. ligulata, B.ligulata) as common & gregarious on shady cliffs @ 1800-3000m in Kashmir.

He mentioned B.ciliata var. ciliata as only recorded from Hazara and Kagan Valley.   There has clearly been confusion between these similar taxa.

Ghazanfar in Saxifragaceae (Flora of Pakistan, 1977) recognised only 2 species in Pakistan: B.stracheyi and B.ciliata, splitting the latter into forma ciliata
and forma ligulata on the basis of the hirsute leaves of the former (though sometimes glabrous upper surface)..  She considered forma ciliata as very common on rocks in and around the Murree area. 

Nowadays, B.ciliata forma ligulata (or B.himalaica as Stewart knew it) is Bergenia pacumbis.  I think the plant photographed in the Deovan Herbal Garden is this rather than what is now the separate B.ciliata - though I think there has been confusion between some forms of both.

The plant used medicinally is mainly or perhaps exclusively Bergenia pacumbis incl. the specimens I saw being cultivated in the Medicinal Plants Section of the Nehru Botanical Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir.

J.M. Garg

Nov 21, 2016, 11:11:25 PM11/21/16
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Thanks, Chadwell ji

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