A New Species of Sonerila Roxb. (Melastomataceae) From Kerala, India

Ratheesh Narayanan M. K., Nandakumar M. K., Parameswaran Prajeesh, Sujana K. A.*, Sunil C. N., Shaju T.

Abstract


A new species of Sonerila Roxburgh (Melastomataceae) collected from high altitude moss covered dripping rocks of evergreen forest in Wayanad district, Kerala, India is described. It differs from Sonerila wallichii by its densely hairy leaves, inflorescence with up to 10 flowers, glabrous terete peduncle and pedicel, glabrous deep pink calyx tube without ridges and petals without glandular hairs.

Keywords


India; Kerala; new species; Melastomataceae; Sonerila; Wayanad.

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