Vol. 76 No. 1 (2021)
Articles

Memecylon viswanathanii, a new species of Melastomataceae from Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR), India

Ramasamy Rajesh
Department of Botany, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620024, Tamil Nadu, India
Perriasamy Sakthidhasan
Department of Botany, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620024, Tamil Nadu, India
Rajasekar Chinnaiyan
Department of Botany, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630003, Tamil Nadu, India
Published April 7, 2021
Keywords
  • Southern Western Ghats,
  • Critically endangered,
  • M. parvifolium,
  • M. varians
How to Cite
Rajesh, R., Sakthidhasan, P., & Chinnaiyan, R. (2021). Memecylon viswanathanii, a new species of Melastomataceae from Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR), India. Webbia, 76(1), 71-76. https://doi.org/10.36253/jopt-10124

Abstract

Memecylon viswanathanii R.Rajesh, P.Sakthidhasan & C.Rajasekar, a new species of Melastomataceae, is described and illustrated from the Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) in the southern Western Ghats of India. M. viswanathanii is close to M. parvifolium Thwaites and M. varians Thwaites but differs by several vegetative and floral characters. The species is assessed here as Critically endangered as per IUCN Red List.