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.

Keywords :
Asclepiadaceae, Gymnema, Kollihills, Peninsular India, new species
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