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BEGONIA NARAHARI

9th March, 2024 Environment

BEGONIA NARAHARI

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Context: A new Begonia species, Begonia Narahari, has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh, showcasing the region's diverse biodiversity and highlighting the urgent need for conservation efforts.

About Begonia Narahari

  • Recently the researchers from the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) and the CSIR-Northeast Institute of Science and Technology (CSIR-NEIST) jointly identified a new Begonia species in Lohit district, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The new plant species is named Begonia Narahari in honour of Prof Garikapati Narahari Sastry, who played a key role in establishing the Germplasm Conservation Centre for Northeast India's bio-resources.
  • Begonia Narahari shows a unique characteristic - a bright blue iridescence when exposed to direct light - that aids in its identification. This characteristic helped researchers to differentiate Begonia Narahari from other related Begonia species.
  • This Begonia species is only known to exist in Demwe, Lohit district. Due to inadequate data on its population and distribution, it's classified as "Data Deficient" by the IUCN.

Begonias

●Begonia is the fifth-largest genus of flowering plants, known for their vibrant, full flowers and diverse leaves showcasing various patterns, designs, and colours.

●Begonias found in tropical regions, grow best in partially shaded areas, are sensitive to bright light, and require protection from intense summer.

PRACTICE QUESTION

Q. Researchers discovered a new species of Begonia in which Indian state?

A) Meghalaya

B) Assam

C) Arunachal Pradesh

D) Sikkim

Answer: C