An update on the distribution pattern and endemicity of three lesser-known tree species in the Western Ghats, India

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K. Sankara Rao
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4674-5465
N. V. Page
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9413-7571
A. N. Sringeswara
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8538-9606
R. Arun Singh
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9143-5514
Imran Baig
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4460-8750

Abstract

The present communication reports an update on the distribution of three endemic tree species of the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot, namely, Atuna indica (Bedd.) Kosterm., Paracroton integrifolius (Airy Shaw) N.P.Balakr. & Chakrab. and Phaeanthus malabaricus Bedd.  The discovery of these taxa in the Makutta Ghat of Kodagu District results in the extension of their northern range limits and further enriches the flora of Karnataka state by three more tree species.  Within the Western Ghats, these taxa were previously recorded only from the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while Paracroton integrifolius (Airy Shaw) N.P.Balakr. & Chakrab. has also been recorded from Sri Lanka.  Nomenclature updates, detailed descriptions, conservation status and relevant notes on the habitat, phenology and distribution localization are supplied.  Additionally, field photographs and scanned herbarium specimens are provided to facilitate easy identification of these taxa in the field.

 

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Rao, K.S., Page, N.V., Sringeswara, A.N., Singh, R.A. and Baig, I. 2016. An update on the distribution pattern and endemicity of three lesser-known tree species in the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 11 (Sep. 2016), 9350–9355. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2362.8.11.9350-9355.
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Author Biographies

K. Sankara Rao, Distinguished Fellow, Herbarium JCB, Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalaore - 560 012

Professor (Retd.)

N. V. Page, Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalaore - 560 012

Research Scholar

A. N. Sringeswara, Lead Botanic Garden, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560065, India

Research Associate

R. Arun Singh, Herbarium JCB, Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalaore - 560 012

Project Assistant

Imran Baig, Lead Botanic Garden, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560065, India

Research Scholar

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