Thursday, December 8, 2016

[Botany • 2016] Strobilanthes agasthyamalana • An Enigmatic New Species (Acanthaceae) from Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve of Southern Western Ghats, India

Strobilanthes agasthyamalana  Sasidh., Dantas & Robi

Strobilanthes agasthyamalana is described and illustrated here from the Pongalapara region of Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve, southern Western Ghats. It is similar to S. foliosa and S. lanata in floral, seed and vegetative characters. However, it differs from S. foliosa by its adaxially hirsute and abaxially woolly leaves, bracts and bracteoles, pubescent corolla and villous style, and it differs from S. lanata by its glabrous stem, adaxially hirsute leaves, pubescent corolla, villous style and glabrous seeds.

Key Words: Kerala; kurinji; Strobilanthinae

Fig 2 Strobilanthes agasthyamalana.
A habit; B inflorescence enlarged; C mature inflorescence; D leaf portion enlarged; E tip of corolla lobe enlarged; F corolla split open; G gynoecium with style and stigma; H stamens. photos: A. J. ROBI. 

N. Sasidharan, P. Sujanapal, K. J. Dantas and A. J. Robi. 2016. An Enigmatic New Species, Strobilanthes agasthyamalana (Acanthaceae), from Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve of Southern Western Ghats, India.
 Kew Bulletin. 71:51. DOI: 10.1007/s12225-016-9667-0