A new species of Gymnema (Asclepiadaceae) from the Kollihills in Peninsular India

Andimuthu RAMACHANDRAN & Madepalli Byrappa Gowdu VISWANATHAN

en Adansonia 31 (2) - Pages 407-411

Published on 31 December 2009

A new species of Asclepiadaceae, Gymnema kollimalayanum A. Ramachandran & M.B.Viswan., sp. nov. is described here from the Kollihills in the Eastern Ghats of Peninsular India. This species is allied to G. hirsutum Wight & Arn. by habit, woody stems, milky latex, umbellate cymose inflorescence, 5-merous flowers, calyx, corolla, anthers, follicles and comose seeds but differs by size and shape of leaves being elliptic or elliptic-rotund, subtruncate at base, abruptly acute at apex, longer petioles, arrangement of flowers, longer pedicels, shape and size of calyx, corolla, larger size of follicles, seeds and coma.

Asclepiadaceae, Gymnema, Kollihills, Peninsular India, new species
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