A rare species of citrus fruit which contains medicinal properties has been found in a remote village in Manipur. This variety was only reported to be found in Meghalaya before. This species ‘Citrus Indica’ is also commonly known as Indian Wild Orange.
Locally known as Biurengthai, it was only found in Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya before.
This rare endemic, endangered species was found in Dailong village in Tamenglong earlier this month. It is considered to be the most primitive and also ancestors of all cultivated citrus fruits in the world and endemic to Northeast India.
After a recent biodiversity assessment and research, a team of experts have asked Manipur Biodiversity Board to declare Dailong village as one of the key biodiversity heritage sites of Manipur.