Kew Bulletin

, 73:16 | Cite as

Brachystelma ananthapuramense (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae), a new species from Andhra Pradesh, India

  • K. PrasadEmail author
  • A. Narayana Swamy
  • U. Meve


A new species of Brachystelma from the Southern Deccan plateau of Gorantla hills, Andhra Pradesh is described and illustrated. This taxon, named B. ananthapuramense, is morphologically similar to the B. kolarense complex but differs by its small habit, short internodes, large flowers with more than 1.5 cm long corolla lobes, globular cage and densely pubescent corona. A key to the B. kolarense complex, including the proposed new species in India is provided.


Ananthapuramu Ceropegieae Gorantla hills Southern Deccan plateau 



The authors are grateful to Dr P. Singh, Director, Botanical Survey of India for encouragement and Dr K. N. Gandhi, Harvard University Herbaria, for his suggestions. The first author (KP) acknowledges the financial support received from SERB-DST, New Delhi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Botanical Survey of India, Central National HerbariumHowrahIndia
  2. 2.Government (PS) Degree College, Department of BotanyAnantapuramIndia
  3. 3.Lehrstuhl für PflanzensystematikUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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