Botanical Survey of India (BSI) scientist Dr Krishna Chowlu, who discovered a new species of Impatiens – Dorjeekhanduii of Balsaminaceae family – called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at Itanagar on Wednesday.
The new species named after former Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu was discovered and collected from Zemithang in Tawang district in September 2017.
Dr Chowlu said the Impatiens flower has been dedicated in the name of former CM to honour his contribution towards the development of the State.
She also said the name would be there in the scientific community forever and the person, whosoever, would study Balsaminaceae family in the world, would study Impatiens dorjeekhanduii.
Apart from Dr Chowlu, Dr Rajib Gogoi, Dr SS Dash and Dr Souravjyoti Borah of BSI also contributed in publication of this species.
Chief Minister thanked Dr Chowlu and her team of scientists in discovering the new flower species.
Daughter of Chow P Chowlu and Nang B Chowlu, Dr Chowlu is the only scientist appointed from Arunachal Pradesh in BSI through UPSC. Hailing from Namsai, she has also discovered other 9 plant species.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Zingnu Namchoom were also present on the occasion.