Rare medicinal flower heads towards extinction

Updated:9 months, 1 week ago IST

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Apr 18 (ANI): Rhododendrons flowers found commonly in Himachal Pradesh is gradually shifting to higher altitudes due to climate change. Rhododendron is a small evergreen tree known for its deep red or pink flowers that grows in cold weather. With temperatures rising, the flowers are a rare sight in lower altitudes in the hilly city of Shimla. India has seen a 0.5 degree Celsius rise in average temperatures over the last 50 year. A rare medicinal flower, rhododendron, is shifting its existence line towards the higher altitudes, owing to global temperature rise and if not paid heed to, will go extinct within the next two decades, according to flower experts in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. Rhododendron needs a chilling environment to grow and hence takes up the space on higher altitudes. Until last decade, the flower was commonly seen spread across the hilly state but now it is spotted rarely.

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