SANKHUWASABHA, April 26: The rare herb called Tetracentron, which is known as Jharikote (Scientific name: Tetracentron sinense) and is available in only a few forests in Sankhuwasabha, is on the verge of extinction due to deforestation.
The hilly herb is found in limited number in only a few forests in Kimathanka and Chepuwa along the Nepal-China border at an altitude of 2,150 to 3,000 metres.
The clearing of forests and shifting cultivation for agriculture has put the herb listed as an endangered species by CITES. There are 12 plant species that are found in Nepal on the CITES list of endangered species. Among the 12 species, Bhote Chhamp, Sunakhari, Sarpagandha, Gunsi, Caser, Lauthsalla, tree fern, Bhyakur, Kabal and Jharikote are on the verge of extinction.
Jharikote is not found in other parts of the world. People in the villages practice shifting cultivation whereby they leave a land fallow for two years after harvesting a crop like millet, barley and maize and return to cultivate the land after the gap by clearing the shrubs grown during the gap