Man caught smuggling endangered orchid

THT ONLINE

KATHMANDU: Police have nabbed a man on the charge of illegally smuggling an endangered species of herbs called Panchaule (Dactylorhiza hatagirea) from Nagdhunga, gateway of the Capital Kathmandu on Sunday evening.

According to police, the police check post at Naghhunga took control of Tsewang Tsering Lama (40) of Gorkha district as he was found to have smuggled the endangered herbs hidden in white sacks on the roof of a bus heading to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa. Further investigation into the case is underway, said police.

Panchaunle, the traditional medicinal herb of orchid species, can widely be found in western hills of Nepal at an altitude of above 2,800 m in cooler climates.

The roots of this orchid are believed to have aphrodisiac properties as homeopathic medicine.

The precious and endangered orchid herb was featured in commemorative stamps declared on December 28, 2000.

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