An assessment of the conservation status of a presumed extinct tree species Wendlandia angustifolia Wight ex. Hook.f. in southern Western Ghats, India

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Chellam Muthumperumal
Paramasivam Balasubramanian
Ladan Rasingam


 In this study, we carried out an assessment of IUCN conservation status of Wendlandia angustifolia Wight ex. Hook.f. (Rubiaceae), based on field data on populations and distribution status of this species that is narrowly endemic to southern Western Ghats.  This species was earlier presumed to be extinct, however, our data suggests that it should be assigned to the Endangered (EN) category based on the IUCN Red List criteria.

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Muthumperumal, C., Balasubramanian, P. and Rasingam, L. 2020. An assessment of the conservation status of a presumed extinct tree species Wendlandia angustifolia Wight ex. Hook.f. in southern Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 4 (Mar. 2020), 15468–15474. DOI:
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Paramasivam Balasubramanian, Sálim Ali Centre For Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty Post, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641108, India.

Dr. P. Balasubramanian,

Senior Principal Scientist

Research coordinator

SACON, Coimbatore-641 108


Ladan Rasingam, Botanical Survey of India, Deccan Regional Centre, 2nd Floor, Kendriya Sadan, GPOA, Sultan Bazar, Koti, Hyderabad, Telangana 500095, India.

Botanical Survey of India

Deccan Regional Centre


Telangana, India.


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