Thursday, May 28, 2020

[Botany • 2019] Hedyotis indirae (Rubiaceae) • A New Species from Western Ghats, India

Hedyotis indirae K.M.P. Kumar & P.T. Aiswarya

in Prabhukumar, Aiswarya, ... et Hareesh, 2019. 

Hedyotis indirae, a new shrubby species of Rubiaceae from Muthikulam forest of Palakkad district, Kerala is described and illustrated here. The species shows similarities with its closely allied taxa H. hirsutissima and H. beddomei, but differs in many qualitative attributes. Detailed description, phenology and distribution notes are provided along with photographs.

KEYWORDSElivalmala, Kerala, Muthikulam forest, Novelty, Palakkad hills

Hedyotis indirae K.M.P. Kumar & P.T. Aiswarya, sp. nov.

Etymology: The new species is named after Dr Indira Balachandran, Director, Centre for Medicinal Plants Research (CMPR), Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, Malappuram, Kerala, for her outstanding contribution to the field of angiosperm taxonomy and in Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants.

Konickal Mambetta Prabhukumar, Pilathottathil Aiswarya, Raveendran Jagadeesan, Vannaratta Veettil Naveen Kumar, Chandrasseril Narayanan Sunil andVadakoot Sankaran Hareesh. 2019. Hedyotis indirae (Rubiaceae), A New Species from Western Ghats, India. Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography74(2); 275-279. DOI: 10.1080/00837792.2019.1641298