Rubus niveus var. pauciflorus from Kashmir

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Gurcharan Singh

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Aug 20, 2010, 10:53:41 PM8/20/10
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Rubus niveus var. pauciflorus from Kashmir, very common at lower altitudes, often along fences and among shrubs and trees. Photographed from Shankeracharya hill on June 22 and Mohra near Uri on June 24, 2010.


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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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tanay bose

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Aug 20, 2010, 11:09:59 PM8/20/10
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Sir Ji can you kindly tell me the taxonomic character for this particular variety of Rubus niveus.
Tanay

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Gurcharan Singh

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Aug 20, 2010, 11:44:26 PM8/20/10
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Dear Tanay one would get really confused if we compare with older Indian Floras (Flora of British India, Flora Simlensis, etc.) The species described there as R. lasiocarpus Smith (flowers pink, leaves pinnate compound, leaflets 5-11)  is now R. niveus Thunb, with var. pauciflorus (few flowers) as R. niveus var. pauciflorus (Hook.f.)Saxena. The species described in these books as R. niveus Wall ex Hook.f., the different varieties are now often treated as distinct species R. mesogaeus, R. hypagyrus, etc. Our Kashmir plant commonly known as R. fruticosus var. discolor (subsequently R. discolor) is a different species, R. ulmifolius with 3-5 leaflets (palmate), sulcate (channelled) and pruinose branches and crumpled white to light pink petals. Both R. ulmifolius and R. discolor are described in Flora Europaea. 



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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
http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/ 

tanay bose

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Aug 21, 2010, 9:51:07 AM8/21/10
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Thanks Sir Ji for the detailed explanation of the taxonomic maze.
Tanay

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