The Singalelah range, forming the
political boundary between Sikkim and Nepal, spring from
Kanchinjingna and extends southwards towards; the plains of
Bengal. The Nepal frontier road terminates at the staging
bungalow of Cheabhanjan,and from thence the only page available
for marching in the Sheep path running onwards to the grazing
ground which lie towards Dzongri. The only large trees existing
in the country traveled over are Abies webbiana, Juniperus
presuido- Sabina, and Juniperus recurva. The silver extended to
13,000 feet, the junipers to 15,000 feet. Where the former is
only a small, stunted weather- worn tree, the others, a
prostrate, intricately branched shrubs.
For many mile the path runs through woods of Rohododendros
arboretum, R Cannabarinum, R. Falconeria, R. barbatum, R.
Campanulatum, R. Hodgsoni, Acer Caudatum, Betula utilis, Pieris
ovalifolia, Prunus rufa Pyrus foliolosa, P. marcophylla. &c.
Here also are seen the last example of Bamboo tribes,
Arundinaria sapthiflora ( so named so named from the spathe like
sheaths on the division of its inflorescence ) and A. racemosa,
not the large form so common at Tongloo and near Daejeeling, but
a small variety nearly exceeding a height of three feet .