Vol. 76 No. 2 (2021)

The genus Salacia (Celastraceae: Salaciodeae) in peninsular India

Mayur Dhondiram Nandikar
Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research (NGCPR), 431 Lawkim Campus, Shirwal, Satara, Maharashtra
Published September 7, 2021
  • endemism,
  • Salacia,
  • taxonomy,
  • distribution,
  • Western Ghats,
  • India
  • ...More
How to Cite
Nandikar, M. D. (2021). The genus Salacia (Celastraceae: Salaciodeae) in peninsular India. Webbia, 76(2), 167-193. https://doi.org/10.36253/jopt-10390


The genus Salacia (Celastraceae: Salaciodeae) in peninsular India is revised, wherein ten species are recognised. Eight species are endemic to the region. Salacia macrophylla and S. reticulata are excluded from the revision as occurrence of both the species is doubtful in mainland India. Salacia macrosperma exhibits great variation in leaf shape, flower number, pedicel length and fruit texture, hence the morphologically similar species S. beddomei and S. vellaniana are relegated to its synonymy. Descriptions, photographs, and pen and ink as well as colour drawings of all recognised Salacia species are provided with an artificial key, updated nomenclature, and synonymy. Distribution and IUCN Red list categories and criteria are also discussed. Seven binomials, S. fruticosa, S. macrophylla, S. macrosperma, S. oblonga, S. ovalis, Tontelea prinoides and Johnia coromadeliana are lectotypified.



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