Kew Bulletin

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 183-186

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A new endemic species of Pandanaceae from India: Pandanus palakkadensis

  • A. B. NadafAffiliated withDepartment of Botany, University of Pune Email author 
  • , R. L. ZananAffiliated withDepartment of Botany, University of Pune
  • , K. V. WakteAffiliated withDepartment of Botany, University of Pune

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Pandanus palakkadensis, a new species from the Palakkad, Kerala state, India is described and illustrated. The new species can be easily distinguished from the other members of the genus it most closely resembles, P. canaranus Warb. and P. furcatus Roxb. in having a drupe with flat pileus, endocarp broadly truncate, concave on either side with distinctly elevated shoulders, a sharp, obliquely pointed stigma and cylindrical fruit. This distinctive species is endemic to the region of collection and is classified as Critically Endangered (CR) based on the IUCN Red List criteria.

Key words

Critically endangered endemic India new species taxonomy