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2 new plant species named Vellithumpa & Eriocaulon manoharanii discovered in Western Ghats

Jul 20, 2015 09:41 IST

new plant speciesA team of researchers led by CN Sunil reported discovery of two new plant species christened as Vellithumpa (silver flower) and Eriocaulon manoharanii. These plants were discovered from the Pooyamkutty-Adamalayar and Neriamangalam forest regions of Western Ghats in Kerala.

These plants were discovered during investigations conducted as part of a UGC-sponsored project on the flowering plants of Ernakulam district of Kerala. The findings of the discovery were published in the June 2015 issue of the international journal Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Phytogeography.

About Vellithumpa
• It was found growing on steep wet rocks on Shoolamudy, the highest peak in Ernakulam district, deep inside the Edmalayalar forest range.
• It is a shrub plant belonging to the mint family
• The species was named after the place of collection and was given vernacular name Vellithumpa because of the white silvery hairs under the leaf.
• The plant bears small white flowers with red anthers in cylindrical closely packed clusters.

About Eriocaulon manoharanii

• It was found growing in the wet rocky mountain grasslands of Mamalakandam-Munippara area in the Neriamangalam forest range.
• It is an herbaceous plant belonging to the pipeworts family and carries small white flowers growing in clusters.
• It was named after former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests TM Manoharan as recognition of his contributions to biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection.

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