Treasures of Sikkim


Treasures of Sikkim

Among a vast range of plants, the rhododendron come first in Sikkim, not just because it is a state plant, but also because different species of it is widely available in the northern parts of the state. About 36 types of Rhododendrons are found in Sikkim.

Among a vast range of plants, the rhododendron come first in Sikkim, not just because it is a state plant, but also because different species of it is widely available in the northern parts of the state. About 36 types of Rhododendrons are found in Sikkim. Trekking in the eastern and northern parts of Sikkim inevitably takes you across at least one or two rhododendron forest. You also find about 515 rare species of Orchids. The official verification of Orchids found in Sikkim goes to about 450, but in recent years and after continuous research, more kinds of Orchids have been discovered. There are still a lot of unexplored places in Sikkim which are believed to be a haven for even more endangered species of Orchids. In the alpine zone of Sikkim, the most common ones you find are Cypripedium tibeticum, C. himalicum and C. elegance. Other common ones are C. Whiteana, C. chloroleuca, C. anganii. You also find 60 species of Primulas, 11 types of Oak, 23 bamboo variety, 16 conifer plants, 362 species of Fern and more than 400 kinds of medicinal herbs. Other than these you can easily find Juniper, Firs, Cypress, Maple, Birches, Alders, Chestnuts, and Magnolia abundantly.

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