Bhutan, a kingdom in the Eastern Himalayas, with its stunning landscapes which range from lowland plains to mountain peaks above 7000 metres, is home to a wide diversity of wildlife and plants, with over 100 species growing nowhere else in the world. With this unique natural heritage, the Kingdom of Bhutan has included environmental conservation as one of the four pillars of its Gross National Happiness philosophy.
In 2017, Kew received a visit from two researchers from the National Biodiversity Centre in Thimphu. They searched Kew's collections for Bhutanese specimens (including ones not already in previous editions of the Flora of Bhutan). They made their way through 22 plant families, recording the species names and taking photographs of all the specimens they came across, including orchids, grasses, balsams and poppies. There are several species of poppy in the Himalayas, noted for their bright blue flowers and one recently described species, Meconopsis gakyidiana, is the national flower of Bhutan.
You can help complete their task by capturing field information from the labels you see on the specimens. This information will then become available online to researchers in Bhutan as well as around the world. Thank you and happy transcribing!
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