Sonerila periyarensis sp.nov.-A new species of Melastomataceae from Kerala, India

Asian Journal of Biological and Life Sciences,2024,13,1,67-70.
Published:June 2024
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Deepthy Kumary Kunjukrishna Pillai1, Sreekala Appukuttan Nair Kamalabhai2, Usha Vikraman Pillalai Sarojini Amma1, Raju Ramasubbu3

1Plant systematics and Evolutionary Science Division, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Pacha- Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, INDIA.

2Conservation Biology Division, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Pacha-Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, INDIA.

3Department of Biology, The Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed to be University), Gandhigram, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.


Sonerila periyarensis, a new taxon was collected from the forest of Gavi, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India is described. Sonerila periyarensis is similar to S. zeylanica and S. nairii but differs from it by having erect, translucent lesser- branched stem, ovate or ovatelanceolate leaves with white-long glandular hairs adaxially, axillary condensed cyme with pink flower, funnel-shaped calyx tube with ovate-obovate petals and scattered glandular-hairy capsule. This combination of characters makes determining the relationships of S. periyarensis difficult.