Kew Bulletin

, 74:6 | Cite as

Memecylon idukkianum, a new species of Melastomataceae from Kerala, India

  • S. Syam Radh
  • Santhosh NampyEmail author


A new species of Melastomataceae, Memecylon idukkianum Nampy & Syam Radh, is described and illustrated from Mathikettan Shola National Park, Kerala, India. It is morphologically allied to M. varians Thwaites, an endemic species from Sri Lanka, but differs in the quadrangular branchlets, leaves with an acute or obtuse apex, petioles 5 – 9 mm long, 15 – 20-flowered cymes, white flowers and deep blue fruits. A detailed description, illustration, photographic plate, relevant notes and comparison table are provided to facilitate easy identification.

Key Words

Memecylon varians southern Western Ghats taxonomy 



The authors are grateful to the Head, Department of Botany, University of Calicut, for facilities; the Curators and staffs of K & PDA for the virtual images of type specimens and CALI for permitting to consult the specimens. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden (Kerala), Range officer (Wildlife Division, Munnar) and Forester (MSNP) for providing permission to explore the park. SR is thankful to the University Grant Commission for Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship and SN to KSCSTE for financial assistance (Council (P) Order No. 126/2016/KSCSTE).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of CalicutMalappuramIndia

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