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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Indian Wild Orange found in Tamenglong

Imphal, May 28 2016 : Indian Wild Orange, one of the rarest variety of oranges which is fast disappearing from the planet has been found in Tamenglong district.

There is no report of the growth of Indian Wild Orange anywhere in the world except the Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya.

A team of local researchers found Indian Wild Orange at Dailong.

Tamenglong district recently.

Pictures of the citrus plant together with its fruit were taken by the team led by Indian Bird Conservation Network State Coordinator RK Biijit.

Other members of the team included Imphal College Asst Profs Khonachand, Moirang Colleg ; Asst Prof N Sony Meete wildlife film maker Kh Brajesh field biologists Goper Laishram and Y Naba, Notably.

Dailong has been already declared a biodiversity 5 site by the Manipur Biodiversity Board.

The team held a biodi-versit assessment and re-searcl programme at the village from May 5 to 11.It was during this programme that the team came across Wild Indian Orange.

Noted Japanese plant taxonomist Chozaburo Tanaka did intensive research on citrus genetic diversity of Northeastern India during 1928-1937 and several new citrus species were identified.

Birjit said.

The Wild Indian Orange plant known as Biurengthai to Dailong villagers was first seen by Ahun Pamei, Himkamang Gonmei and Khonachand, Birjit said.

He further remarked that Dailong village is like a living laboratory.

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