The Elenadu Shortcrown Brachystelma elenaduense Sathyan. (Asclepiadaceae) - a new distribution record for Tamil Nadu, India

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S. Kaliamoorthy
T. S. Saravanan
B. S. Elango
G. V.S. Murthy


This paper describes the additional distributional record of Brachystelma elenaduense Sathyan., collected from the Eastern Ghat fragments viz., Kolli hills of Namakkal and Yercaud hills of Salem Districts. This plant species was earlier reported from Elenadu village of Tumkur district, Karnataka by Dr. M.B.Sathyanarayanachar in 1978. However, its occurrence in Tamil Nadu, as described in the present paper, is reported for the first time. A detailed description and plant images are provided to aid its identification.

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