Sunday, December 25, 2016

[Botany • 2016] Syzygium sirindhorniae • A New Species (Myrtaceae) from northern Thailand

 Syzygium sirindhorniae 
Chantar., Suksathan & M.Wongnak 


A new species, Syzygium sirindhorniae, from Thailand, is described, illustrated and compared with Syzygium bokoense. This species is known from a restricted locality in northern Thailand which is within a protected area. A conservation status of Near Threatened (NT) is merited.

Keywords: Eudicots, IUCN, endemic, taxonomy

Syzygium sirindhorniae Chantar., Suksathan & M.Wongnak

Distribution and ecology:— Endemic to Thailand and known only from the type locality in Chiang Mai. The species is scattered on vertical cliffs in open pine-oak forest at 1,600–1,700 m elev.

 Phenology:— Flowering between December–March. Fruiting between May–June.

 Etymology:— The specific epithet is given in honour of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand who has long been interested in botanical diversity. She has initiated the Plant Genetic Conservation Project [RSPG] under The Royal Initiative of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

 Vernacular name:— Rat-Cha-Rat (name given by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn).

Pranom Chantaranothai, Piyakaset Suksathan and Methee Wongnak. 2016. Syzygium sirindhorniae (Myrtaceae), A New Species from Thailand. 
Phytotaxa.   289(2); 193–196. DOI:  10.11646/phytotaxa.289.2.10

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