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Chlorophytum sharmae (Asparagaceae): a new species from Kerala, India

Summary. A new species of Chlorophytum, C. sharmae from the southern Western Ghats of India is described and illustrated here. It is similar to C. glaucum Dalzell but differs by its narrow, linear leaves with serrulate margins, large flowers, smooth filaments and apiculate anthers shorter than filaments. The chromosome number (2n) of the species is 42.

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The authors are grateful to the Head, Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, for the laboratory facilities. Thanks are also due to Dr Shrikant Sutar, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune - 411001, Maharashtra for the line drawing.

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Adsul, A.A., Lekhak, M.M. & Yadav, S.R. Chlorophytum sharmae (Asparagaceae): a new species from Kerala, India. Kew Bull 69, 9503 (2014).

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  • Cytology
  • saponins
  • Western Ghats