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  • 10 July, 2020

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Eulophia obtusa

Eulophia obtusa

After 100 years a rare orchid species Eulophia obtusa also known as ground orchid has been rediscovered from Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. In India the species is listed as “critically endangered in the IUCN Red List of endangered species.

The species was originally described from Uttarakhand in the 19th century, it was last recorded in Pilibhit in 1902. Later in 2008, the plant species was sighted in Bangladesh for the first time. It was under serious threat due to habitat loss and reduction in the number of mature individuals in Bangladesh.

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

  • It is a protected area in Uttar Pradesh.
  • It shares the north-eastern boundary with Nepal, which is defined to a large extent by the Mohana River.
  • The area is a vast alluvial floodplain traversed by numerous rivers and streams flowing in south-easterly direction.
  • In 1987, the Dudhwa National Park was brought under the purview of the ‘Project Tiger’ as Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

Source: IE


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