Research Paper

A new subspecies of Celastrus (Celastraceae) from the Palni hills of South India

S. John Britto, B. Mani, S. Thomas and S. Prabhu

Published on: 26 July 2017

DOI: 10.6165/tai.2017.62.311

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2017 vol.62 no.3 pp.311-314


Celastrus paniculatus Willd. ssp. angladeanus S.J. Britto, B. Mani and S. Thomas new subspecies from the Palni hills, Western Ghats of Tamilnadu, South India is described and illustrated. The new ssp. is similar to Celastrus paniculatus ssp. aggregatus but differs in flame-coloured branchlets, terminal, erect and stiff panicles exceeding leaves, prominent gibbous and oblique capsules, flowers polygamous but predominantly pistillate and 3-seeded capsules.

Keyword: Celastrus paniculatus ssp. angladeanus, India, New subspecies, Palnil hills