Research Paper

Eriocaulon govindiana sp. nov. (Eriocaulaceae), from southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India

C. N. Sunil, M. K. Ratheesh Narayanan, V. V. Naveen Kumar, M. K. Nandakumar and V. Balakrihnanan

Published on: 16 November 2017

DOI: 10.6165/tai.2017.62.387

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2017 vol.62 no.4 pp.387-391


A new species, Eriocaulon govindiana Sunil & Ratheesh, from marshy areas in the Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India, is described and illustrated. It is morphologically most similar to E. nepalense but differs mainly in having well developed root stock, rounded and involute leaf apex, lobed limb of sheath, and usually a single hoary male petal. Information on habitat, distribution, phenology, and conservation status are provided.

Keyword: Chedalayam, Eriocaulon govindiana, Eriocaulaceae, India, Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary