Dipcadi coimbatorensis (Asparagaceae), a new species from the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India


Dipcadi coimbatorensis, a new species from the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Western Ghats area of Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India is described and illustrated. The new species is morphologically similar to D. saxorum Blatt. but differs in its larger bulbs, longer scape, longer leaves, fewer-flowered raceme, longer pedicel and bract, longer outer and inner perianth tubes and lobes, longer filaments, longer pistil and capsule; thicker and coriaceous pericarp, smaller seeds, sessile ovary and unlobed stigma.

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The authors are grateful to Dr Paramjit Singh, Director, Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Kolkata for facilities and constant encouragement and to the Forest officials of Tamil Nadu for their help during the Botanical explorations.

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Ravichandran, V., Singh, R.K. & Murugan, C. Dipcadi coimbatorensis (Asparagaceae), a new species from the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Kew Bull 75, 16 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-020-9873-7

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Key Words

  • Coimbatore
  • Dipcadi saxorum
  • endemic
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Western Ghats