Sunday, October 4, 2015

[Botany • 2013] Sonerila veldkampiana • A New Species of Sonerila Roxb. (Melastomataceae) from Kerala, India

Sonerila veldkampiana Ratheesh & Sivadasan 


Sonerila veldkampiana, a new species of Melastomataceae collected from an exposed, high-elevation rocky grassland in Kerala, India is described and illustrated. It resembles S. rotundifolia, but differs in having several important characters like pilose leaf-lamina, terete and glabrous peduncle, inflorescence with 10–35 flowers in branched or unbranched scorpioid cymes, an obscurely ridged hypanthium, long acuminate anthers with a deeply cordate base, and seeds with a sub-excurrent raphe.

Keywords: Endemic species, Melastomataceae, Sonerileae, Sonerila veldkampiana, Wayanad District

Ratheesh Narayanan, M.K., V. Mini, T. Shaju, K.A. Sujana, Jayesh P. Joseph, M. Sivadasan and Ahmed H. Alfarhan. 2013. A New Species of Sonerila Roxb. (Melastomataceae) from