Rediscovery, systematics and proposed Red List status of Ledebouria junnarensis S.S. Rahangdale and S.R. Rahangdale nom. nov. (Asparagaceae) - an endemic species from the Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India

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Savita Sanjaykumar Rahangdale
Sanjaykumar Ramlal Rahangdale


A new name in the genus Ledebouria Roth is validated for Scilla viridis Blatter & Hallberg [non Scilla viridis (L.) Salisbury].  It is rediscovered after about 85 years of its first and only report.  It is also redescribed on the basis of morphology, anatomy, cytology and assigned the name Ledebouria junnarensis S.S. Rahangdale & S.R. Rahangdale belonging to the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Hyacinthoideae.  As this is a species endemic to the Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India, it is studied for threat status as per IUCN criteria & guidelines and assigned the status Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii).  Identification keys for the genera and species of subfamily Hyacinthoideae reported from India are prepared on the basis of reported and observed characters.


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Savita Sanjaykumar Rahangdale, Department of Botany, B.J. Arts, Commerce & Science College, Ale, Pune District, Maharashtra 412411, India

Savita Sanjaykumar Rahangdale holds a PhD in Angiosperm taxonomy with special reference to impact of anthropocentric developmental activities on floristic composition from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune and works as Assistant Professor in Botany. She is Fellow of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT) and Indian Association of Biological Sciences.


Sanjaykumar Ramlal Rahangdale, Department of Botany, A.W. Arts, Science & Commerce College, Otur, Pune District, Maharashtra 412409, India

Sanjaykumar Ramlal Rahangdale holds PhD in classical Genetics from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune and works as Associate Professor & Head, Department of Botany. Presently, he is working on Pteridophytes of northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra. Also works with State Department of Forests for assessment and conservation of plant diversity.



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