Two new species of plants in Ghats. discovered

Researchers at SNM College Maliankara, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and Payyanur College have reported two new plant species from the species-rich Western Ghats regions in Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad districts.

  • You were baptized Fimbristylis sunilii and Neanotis prabhuii, and the results of the research teams were published in the November and December editions of Plant taxonomy journal Phytotaxa.

Fimbristylis sunilii

  • Gathered from the grasslands of the Ponmudi hills, Thiruvananthapuram, Fimbristylis sunilii is named after the plant taxonomist CN Sunil, retired professor and researcher in botany at SNM College.
  • A perennial plant from the Cyperaceae family, it grows to 20-59 cm high and was collected from a height of 1,100 meters.
  • Fimbristylis sunilii was tentatively assessed as Lack of data (DD) according to the categories of the IUCN Red List.

Neanotis prabhuii

  • Neanotis prabhuii is a perennial herb found in soil named after KM Prabhukumar, Senior Scientist at CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow, in recognition of his research on flowering plants of the Western Ghats and his contribution to the conservation of biological diversity.
  • Discovered in Chembra Peak Grasslands from Wayanad, it comes from the Rubiaceae family and grows on high grassland.
  • Neanotis prabhuii becomes up to 70 cm long and has many flowers with pale pink petals.
  • Neanotis prabhuii was categorized lack of data (DD) without detailed observations and data on populations

Source: The Hindu

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