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Justicia sivadasanii (Acanthaceae): a striking new species from the Western Ghats, India


A new species of Justicia L. (Acanthaceae), J. sivadasanii Sunil, K. M. P. Kumar & Naveen Kum., from the Western Ghats of India is described and illustrated. Its IUCN status, distribution and phenology are provided along with colour photographs, and its affinities are discussed.

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The first and third authors express their grateful thanks to the University Grants Commission, New Delhi for financial assistance for this study. The second author expresses sincere gratitude to the authorities of Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal for extending the facilities and Dr Indira Balachandran, Director, CMPR for support. Thanks are also due to Dr John Wood, Honorary Research Associate, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for sharing his views and anonymous reviewers for their excellent review and modifications. The authors express their sincere gratitude to the authorities of Kerala State Forest Department for permission for field visits and to the Head of the Department of Botany, SNM College, Maliankara for the facilities provided.

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Sunil, C.N., Prabhukumar, K.M., Kumar, V.V.N. et al. Justicia sivadasanii (Acanthaceae): a striking new species from the Western Ghats, India. Kew Bull 70, 55 (2015).

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Key Words

  • IUCN conservation assessment
  • Kerala
  • new discovery
  • south India
  • taxonomy