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Morpho-ecotypes of endemic flowering plants from Achankovil Shear Zone in Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Western Ghats, Kerala

Jose Mathew*, K. V. George

Abstract


As part of the floristic exploration in Achankovil forest of Southern Western Ghats, we sighted the morphologically changed, locally adapted specimens of some endemic plants species. Data concerning about these ecotypes such as morphology, distribution and prominent variation from its types specimens are presented in this paper. Critical examination of the plant specimens and comparison with the earlier literature confirmed that these specimens are the result of co evolution realize by the edaphic effects of Achankovil Shear zone.

Keywords


Achankovil; Shear zone; Endemic; Ecotypes.

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