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A new species of Litsea (Lauraceae) from Kerala part of Western Ghats, India

ALOOR JOSE ROBI, PUNNAKKAL SREEDHARAN UDAYAN, HSI-WEN LI, JIE LI

Abstract


A new species of Litsea from India is described and illustrated. Litsea indoverticillata is recognized from the Malabar Wildlife sanctuary of Nilgiri phytogeographical zone of southern Western Ghats. It is distinguished from the closely related L. quinqueflora and L. verticillata by straggling shrub habit; 7–15 mm long, glabrous petiole, chartaceous and glabrous leaves, glabrous midrib; 15–24 pairs of lateral veins; solitary, glabrous, and pruinose inflorescence; greenish-white to whitish flowers.


Keywords


Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Kozhikode, Kerala, Southern Western Ghats, Magnoliids

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.303.3.9

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ISSN 1179-3155 (print); ISSN 1179-3163 (online)

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand