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Published: 2022-06-21

Humboldtia ponmudiana (Fabaceae-Detarioideae), a new species from Kerala, India

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode, Karimancode P.O., Thiruvananthapuram-695562, Kerala, INDIA
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode, Karimancode P.O., Thiruvananthapuram-695562, Kerala, INDIA
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode, Karimancode P.O., Thiruvananthapuram-695562, Kerala, INDIA
Endemic Novelty Indian flora Kerala Western Ghats Eudicots

Abstract

Humboldtia ponmudiana (Fabaceae-Detarioideae), a new species from Kerala, is described here with photographs.  It is closely similar to H. decurrens, but differs in having black coloured bark, densely brown tomentose young shoots, lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate leaflets, sessile or subsessile flowers, large broadly ovate eglandular bracts, connate to middle bracteoles, 1-4 ovuled ovaries and silky tomentose pods with long beak. The IUCN conservation status, ecology, distribution along with a key to the species for the identification of the genus is also provided.

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