Sonerila longipedunculata sp. nov., a new species of Melastomataceae from the southern Western Ghats, India, with additional notes and lectotypification of Sonerila travancorica

  • A new species of Melastomataceae, Sonerila longipedunculata Resmi & Nampy sp. nov., is described from the southern Western Ghats, India. It is morphologically close to S. travancorica, but differs by the tuberous root stock, fleshy stems, ovate to cordate lamina, longer, angular peduncles, 3-ribbed hypanthium, ovate-elliptic petals, acute anthers, and 3-ribbed capsules. Detailed description, distribution map, and photographic images are provided. The morphological differences with relevant species are discussed. The status of the new species is provisionally assessed here as ‘critically endangered’ according to IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. The name Sonerila travancorica is lectotypified and its identity is discussed. The status of Sonerila longipetiolata is discussed and is synonymised under S. travancorica.

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Author:Sekarathil Resmi, Santhosh Nampy
Parent Title (English):European journal of taxonomy
Series (Serial Number):European journal of taxonomy : EJT (733:160-174)
Publisher:Muséum National dHistoire Naturelle
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/02/10
Date of first Publication:2021/02/10
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/02/22
Tag:Kerala; Sonerila longipetiolata; Sonerileae; South Wayanad forest division; tuberous
Page Number:15
First Page:160
Last Page:174
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0