Notes on Cinnamomum travancoricum Gamble (Lauraceae) - a Critically Endangered species from the southern Western Ghats, India

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A. J Robi
P. Sujanapal
P. S. Udayan


Cinnamomum travancoricum Gamble was recollected after its type from Chemunji, Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve in Kerala.  It had long been confused with C. sulphuratum Nees and several naturalists reported its collection from different parts of the Western Ghats for the last few years.  Taxonomic treatment along with distribution, ecology and color photographs are provided.


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A. J Robi, Department of Botany, Bishop Abraham Memorial College, Thuruthicad, Pathanamthitta, Kerala 689597, India

Asst. Professor, Dept. Of Botany, BAM College, Thuruthicad

P. Sujanapal, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala 676503, India

Silviculture, Scientist

P. S. Udayan, P.G. Department of Botany & Research Centre, Sree Krishna College, Ariyannur P.O., Guruvayur, Thrissur, Kerala 680102, India

P.G. Department of Botany, Assistanat Professor


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