Highlights:
  • 'Let's Explore Our Plant Diversity for Present and Future'

Cryptogams Section (Algae, Fungi, Lichen)

This section focuses on the collection, identification and documentation of lower group of plants: Algae, Fungi and Lichens found in different parts of Nepal. A total of 1,001 species of algae and 792 species of lichens have been reported from Nepal. About 1,107 samples of lichens collected from different parts of Nepal have been preserved in this section. Similarly, 2,467 species of fungi are found in Nepal, among them 131 species of fungi are endemic to Nepal. Out of 1,271 species of recorded macro fungi,140 species of fungi are edible and 65 species of fungi are medicinally important. About 3,500 well labelled fungi specimens have been preserved in the Mycology Section of KATH. Based upon these specimens, ‘Fungi of Nepal’ part 1,2,3 and ‘Fungi of Lalitpur’ have been already published. Furthermore, 'Catalogue of fungi' (2014) has also been published which includes the brief information about the fungi preserved at KATH.

Objectives

  • Explore the diversity of Algae, Fungi and Lichens
  • Collect the mushroom specimens and herbarium of diseased plants infected by fungus
  • Help for publishing cryptogamic flora
  • Document and identify edible and poisonous mushroom & dissemination of such knowledge to public
Subhash Khatri
Subhash Khatri Chief , Senior Research Officer [ View all officials ]