Harsh Singh

Harsh Singh
National Botanical Research Institute - India | NBRI · Plant Diversity, Systematics and Herbarium Division (NBRI)

Ph.D. (Botany), FAPT (FELLOW OF ANGIOSPERM PLANT TAXONOMY) FES (Fellow of ethnobotanist Society)

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Introduction
I am interested working on the family Ranuculaceae, Balsaminaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Asteraceae, Liliaceae and Poaceae. I am a plant taxonomist and Ethnobotanist working in the Indian Himalayan region.

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Publications (60)
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A new species, Polygonatum tungnathensis is described and illustrated here from Uttarakhand Himalaya, India. This new species is similar to P. verticillatum, but it differs in its rhizome, leaves, inflorescence, pedicel length, perianth, fruits, seeds, and micro-morphological characters.
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Augmented description of Impatiens glauca based on observations of living material is given, as well as description of a new spurless variety. Global distribution, ecology, photographs and conservation status are also provided in detail. Abortive inflorescences are illustrated for first time.
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During an investigation on mosses of some underexplored regions of Nagaland, 121 taxa of mosses belonging to 74 genera and 29 families have been identified. Atrichum crispulum Schimp. & Besch. and Plagiothecium neckeroideum var. niitakayamae (Toyama) Z. Iwats. are new records for India. Five taxa namely Fissidens crassinervis var. laxus (Sull & Les...
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Trisetopsis himalayensis, a new species from the valley of the Maitoli Glacier, in Western Himalaya (India), is described and illustrated. The new species is morphologically most similar closely related to T. virescens, and differs from it in ligule, leaf blade, panicle and spikelet characters. Data on geographical distribution, habitat and associa...
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Agrostis dshungarica (Tzvelev) Tzvelev (Poaceae, Agrostidinae) is recorded for the first time from India. Habitat and distribution, regional conservation status, relevant taxonomic notes, and illustration are provided.
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A new species Anemone pindariensis discovered from the valley near Pindari Glacier of Western Himalaya, India is described and illustrated. This new species is closely related to A. rivularis, but differs from the latter in the sepal and stamen characters. A. pindariensis has densely hairy (vs. glabrous in A. rivularis), rounded to elliptic to ob...
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Agrostis dshungarica (Tzvelev) Tzvelev (Poaceae, Agrostidinae) is recorded for the first time from India. Habitat and distribution, regional conservation status, relevant taxonomic notes, and illustration are provided.
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The present study reports pollution evaluation indices employed to assess the intensity of metal pollution in water systems affected by acid mine drainage from rat-hole coal mines prevalent in North-east India. The concentration of seven eco-toxic metals was evaluated from coal mine waters which showed concentration order of Iron (Fe) > Manganese (...
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Aconitum sikkimensis, a new species from Sikkim in the Indian Eastern Himalaya, is described and illustrated in this article. A. hookeri is morphologically closest species to the new species and it resembles in colour of the flower and the shape of the lateral sepals. However, it differs in plant height (A. sikkimensis being taller than A. hookeri)...
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Sacred groves are well-protected areas managed by strong spiritual beliefs by the local communities and often represent the relict climax vegetation the region. The present study was conducted in Dhwaj sacred grove from the Central region of Indian Himalayas, releasing its role in biodiversity conservation through traditional and cultural belief sy...
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Aconitum haridasanii, a new species from Tawang, India, is described and illustrated. This new species differs from its allied species Aconitum spicatum in having a taller and flexuous stem, pale yellow to whitish flowers in a shorter few-flowered inflorescence, densely pubescent shorter pedicels, bract shorter than pedicel, shorter sepals, longer...
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Aconitum haridasanii, a new species from Tawang, India, is described and illustrated. This new species differs from its allied species Aconitum spicatum in having a taller and flexuous stem, pale yellow to whitish flowers in a shorter few-flowered inflorescence, densely pubescent shorter pedicels, bract shorter than pedicel, shorter sepals, longer...
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Aconitum tawangense, a new species from Tawang, Eastern Himalaya is described and illustrated here. This newly described species differ in the shape, size and vestiture of the sepals from its allied taxa A. assamicum and A. orochryseum. Other distinguishing characters include the colour of the petals and number of the carpels. The species was also...
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The genus Thalictrum (Ranunculaceae), commonly known as meadow rue, comprises 200 species throughout the world and there are 25 taxa growing in India. While revising the genus in India, we came across a new species collected in Nainital in the Uttarakhand Himalaya. The new species, Thalictrum nainitalense, is differentiated from its closely allied...
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We show that the prior designation of two plates from Rheede’s Hortus Malabaricus as the type of Dillenia indica does not constitute valid lectotypification. Therefore, one of the two illustrations published by Rheede is designated as the lectotype. © 2018, International Association for Plant Taxonomy. All rights reserved.
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As broad-scale distributions of plants are shaped by climatic conditions, changes of climate necessarily result in shifts of distributional limits. These shifts are closely coupled with changes in plant ecophysiology, growth and productivity. Among environments subjected to the highest increase in temperature in the last decade and the greatest exp...
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This study was designed to develop a simple, sensitive, selective, and precise high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) fingerprint and quantitative estimation method for the analysis of three phenolic compounds from nine Leucas species. The developed HPTLC method was validated according to the International Conference on Harmonization gu...
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The genus Thalictrum Linneaus (1753: 545) (Ranunculaceae), commonly known as ‘meadow-rue’, comprises 150 to 200 species distributed in temperate regions (Tamura 1995, Fu and Zhu 2001). It is represented by 25 taxa in India (Rau 1993, Santapau and Henry 1973) mostly confined to the Himalayan region. For one of these species, Thalictrum cultratum Wal...
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Genus Thalictrum is rather controversial in terms of its taxonomical status with many taxonomic disarrangements which lead to different inter and infra-specific complexes. The members of this genus have high medicinal value such as antitumor, antimicrobial, antitussive, hypotensive, antiamebic effects, etc. due to the presence of chemical component...
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The paper highlights the complex nature of Delphinium viscosum Hook. f. & Thoms. in the Himalaya and enumerates two subspecies and two varieties. Critical appraisal of the morphological and distributional data revealed that subsp. viscosum and subsp. gigantobracteum having two varieties var. gigantobracteum and chrysotrichum are distinct. Delphiniu...
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First part of this work was published in previous volume of this journal. This part has indexes by states/ localities, ethnic group and use categories. Broadly, it is observed that the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have been well studied and the States of Mizoram, Tripura have not yet received adequate attention. The number of refe...
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Standardization of a compound ayurvedic formulation is essential for establishing the authenticity, quality and efficacy of Ayurvedic medicines/finished herbal product. Kalyanavleha is an polyherbal ayurvedic formulation used in aphasia and hoarseness containing eight medicinal plants, viz. Curcuma longa L., Cyclospermum leptophyllum (Pers.) Spragu...
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The importance of medicinal plants in traditional healthcare practices is now well established and traditional medicines are often the only affordable and accessible form of healthcare for ethnic communities. The present study briefly reviews the botany and medicinal potential of such an important and undocumented ethnobotanical genus Geranium Linn...
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Standardization of a compound ayurvedic formulation is essential for establishing the authenticity, quality and efficacy of Ayurvedic medicines/finished herbal product. Kalyanavleha is an polyherbal ayurvedic formulation used in aphasia and hoarseness containing eight medicinal plants, viz. Curcuma longa L., Cyclospermum leptophyllum (Pers.) Spragu...
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International organisations recognize the importance of sacred groves and place them into the context of sustainable development and also emphasize to conserve biodiversity through protection of sacred groves and sties. The significance of medicinal plants from Himalayan region is well known to the world. Therefore, present study was conducted in i...
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Genus Leucas R.Br. (Lamiaceae) comprises 50 taxa in India and has 30 endemic taxa which are mainly distributed in southern parts of India and it is medicinally important as a whole and almost every species has unique medicinal value and are widely used by traditional healers in India as well as in other countries. In the present study we have compi...
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Carl Linnaeus proposed a botanical classification based on reproductive organs of the plant, and gave names to 7700 species of plants including several hundred plants from India. He based some generic and several hundred specific epithets on India, its faith and culture, languages, states, towns, rivers, and plants used as food, medicine, and other...
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Bibliographies are important component of literature on any area of knowkedge; they are very useful tool in research and helps in evaluating the state of past in that specific discipline. The present article covers the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and also the Sikkim state; it includes 351 references. Indi...
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Ethnopharmacological relevance: Kirganelia reticulata (Poir.) Baill. is known for its importance in various traditional medicine around the world and are proved pharmacologically as an antiviral against Hepatitis B, hepatoprotective, antidiabetic and antioxidant. In Ayurvedic system of Indian medicine recognized its activity against jaundice, diure...
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Shorea robusta Gaertn. (Sal) has been commonly used in Indian traditional medicine for treatment of various ailments such as circulatory, digestive, endocrine, respiratory and skeletal systems as well as in infectious diseases. This information was collected from available literatures through books, journals and internet. The phytochemical studies...
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Genus Adiantum L., Pteridaceae, is an important fern used in traditional systems of medicine. Different species of Adiantum are known as avenca in Brazil; hansraj/hanmspadi in India; maiden hair fern in English. The present study aims to develop the quality control parameters of four similar looking Adiantum species viz. A. capillus-veneris L., A....
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Role of Traditional Knowledge in Conserving Biodiversity: A Case Study from Patal Bhuvneshwar Sacred Grove, Kumaon Himalaya, India The paper deals with the inventory of sacred groves and its phytodiversity from Kumaon Himalaya. These groves are well recognized in the world in terms of biodiversity conservation. Kumaon Himalayan region comprises ma...
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from 1300 m asl to 6323 m asl, i.e., from subtropical , sub-temperate, temperate to high alpine meadows, therefore, areas like Taluka, Olsa, Har-Ki-Doon, Kedarkatha, Jakhole, Baincha, Tiguni, etc., represent important and unique flora of the region. Wide range of altitudinal gradients provide a unique physiognomy and climate to the area which suppo...
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The present study was carried out in Malay Nath sacred grove of Kumaon Himalaya, India, in appreciation of its role in biodiversity conservation. The whole grove is dedicated to the local deity "Malay Nath", and showing semi-temperate type vegetation of the region. Rituals and cultural beliefs of the local peoples of Kumaon are plays significant ro...
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Sacred groves are well recognized in the world in terms of biodiversity conservation. The present study was conducted in the Nakuleshwar sacred grove, in the valley of Thal kedar hill in the Kumaon region of Pithoragarh district in Indian Himalaya, in appreciation of its role in biodiversity conservation. The study aimed at the documentation and in...
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Dendrophthoe falcata (Linn. E) Etting. is a stem parasite commonly known as Vanda' in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. HPTLC has been used to detect the chemotypes of D. falcata growing on Mangifera indica Linn., Melia azedarach Linn., Wrightia tinctoria R. Br., and Callistemon lanceolatus DC. Phenolic compounds were selected as markers for this s...
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Sacred groves are small patches of virgin forests preserved due to religious beliefs since time immemorial, even before human awareness about the ecosystem and biodiversity. These groves serve as refugia for a large number of endemic and rare plants1–3 and contain relict vegetation either already found in the area or planted at the time of developi...
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Dendrophthoe falcata (Linn. f.) Etting. is a stem parasite commonly known as ' Vanda ' in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. A TLC method has been established for simultaneous identification and quantification of phenolic compounds in different parts of this plant. Chromatography was performed on silica gel with tolueneethyl acetate-formic acid 6:4:...
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Dendrophthoe falcata (Linn. f.) Etting. is a stem parasite commonly known as 'Vanda' in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. A TLC method has been established for simultaneous identification and quantification of phenolic compounds in different parts of this plant. Chromatography was performed on silica gel with toluene– ethyl acetate–formic acid 6:4:...

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