Research Paper

Parthenocissus renukae, a new species of Vitaceae from South India

Puthur Varghese Anto, A. K. Pradeep, Franklin Francis, Nimmi C. Dominigose and Hari Sasidharan

Published on: 17 May 2018

DOI: 10.6165/tai.2018.63.139

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2018 vol.63 no.2 pp.139-142


A new species of Vitaceae from Kerala, India, Parthenocissus renukae Anto & Pradeep is described and illustrated. The species resembles P. semicordata Planch. and Cissus aristata Blume in certain morphological characters. It differs from P. semicordata in having simple leaves clothed with T-shaped hairs on its abaxial surface, shorter (upto 8cm) petioles, 8-branched tendrils, umbellate inflorescences and tomentose petals. It also differs from C. aristata in having pads at tendril tips, 8-branched tendrils and T-shaped hairs on the abaxial leaf surface. The species is known from the type locality, Mangad and Peruvanmala in Thrissur district of Kerala.

Keyword: Cissus, India, Kerala, New species, Parthenocissus, Vitaceae