This species is endemic to India where it is found in fragmented forests of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Its last refuge is within the regions scared forests which are traditionally protected by local people. They act as a lifeline for several threatened tree species.
Erosion of traditional values has resulted in many sacred forests becoming degraded. Forest fires, cutting of trees for firewood, mining and construction of roads are rapidly contributing to the destruction of its habitat and the loss of the last remaining individuals.
This species has an attractive canopy and beautiful flowers which could be used for ornamental purposes.
A key component of this project will be to establish a conservation consortium, bringing together community-based indigenous organisations who are responsible for the management of the species’ habitat, and conservation researchers who hold the technical expertise to save the species.
Through this collaboration, community-friendly methods to counter threats will be developed and awareness of the ecological and economic importance of conserving the species will be raised through a number of activities.
A propagation and reintroduction programme will also be implemented through the consortium.