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Alysicarpus sanjappae (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae), a new species from the Western Ghats of India


Alysicarpus sanjappae, a new species (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) from the Western Ghats of India, is described and illustrated. It resembles A. heyneanus Wight & Arn., but differs in having a prostrate habit, stems and branches strigose with a line of distant hairs, leaves usually 1-foliolate mixed with 3-foliolate, stipules and stipels distinctly ciliate only at the tip, secondary bracts, a glabrous pedicel, dark brown hairs present only on the margins at the tip of all sepals, a yellow corolla tinged with red, and rugose pods, as long as or slightly longer than the sepals.

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The authors wish to thank Dr V. N. Naik for his keen interest in the genus and constant encouragement and the Head, Department of Botany, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, for providing herbarium facilities. We also thank Professor (Dr) Thomas V. Jacobs, Pretoria, South Africa for translating the diagnosis into Latin, Mr Baburao Dhokne for the illustrations and the University Grants Commission, New Delhi for financial support.

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Chavan, S., Sardesai, M.M. & Pokle, D.S. Alysicarpus sanjappae (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae), a new species from the Western Ghats of India. Kew Bull 68, 183–186 (2013).

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Key words

  • dimorphic leaves
  • Karnataka
  • Maharashtra
  • Peninsular India
  • Sahyadris
  • taxonomy