Status assessment of the Saddlepeak Dewflower (Murdannia saddlepeakensis Ramana & Nandikar: Commelinaceae): an endemic spiderwort plant of Andaman Islands, India

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Johny Kumar Tagore
Sebastian Soosairaj
M.U. Venkat Ramana
M. Sanjappa
K. N. Ganeshaiah


The current distribution and threat assessment of Murdannia saddlepeakensis Ramana & Nandikar (Commelinaceae), an endemic plant of Saddle Peak National Park, northern Andaman is presented here.  The data available from field surveys indicate that this species is Critically Endangered according to the 2011 IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.


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Johny Kumar Tagore, Department of Botany, St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu 620002, India

Research Scholar, Department of Botany

Sebastian Soosairaj, Department of Botany, St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu 620002, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Botany

M.U. Venkat Ramana, Department of Botany, Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana 500001, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Botany

M. Sanjappa, Botanical Garden, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560065, India

CSIR Emeritus Scientist, Botanical Garden

K. N. Ganeshaiah, Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, and School of Ecology and Conservation, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560065, India

Professor and Head, Department of Forestry and Environemental Sciences


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