Notes on the extended distribution of Humboldtia bourdillonii (Fabales: Fabaceae), an Endangered tree legume in the Western Ghats, India

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Anoop P. Balan
A. J. Robi
S. V. Predeep


Humboldtia bourdillonii is an Endangered tree legume; considered endemic to its type locality in the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Idukki District of Kerala State.  A new population of this highly threatened endemic species is located in the Vagamon Hills of Kottayam District which is about 70km away from its original locality.  The newly located population is drastically affected by the severe floods and landslides that occurred in Kerala state during August 2018.  Urgent conservation measures are needed to protect the population from further loss.


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Anoop P. Balan, KSCSTE-Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode, Kerala 673014, India.


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

Asst. Professor, Dept. of Botany

S. V. Predeep, Department of Botany, SVR NSS College, T.P. Puram Post, Vazhoor, Kottayam, Kerala 686505, India.

Associate Professor, Dept. of Botany, SVR NSS College, Vazhoor, Kerala