Cryptocarya muthuvariana spotted in Edamalakkudy


  • Recently, a new tree species named Cryptocarya muthuvariana of the genus Cryptocarya spotted in Edamalakkudy in Idukki district has been named after a tribe from the locality.

About Cryptocarya muthuvariana

  • ‘Cryptocarya muthuvariana’ has been named so to honour the Muthuvar tribe and as it was discovered in their neighbourhood.
  • Belonging to the Lauraceae family, the genus Cryptocarya comprises over 300 species that are widely distributed over South America, South Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Australia and Oceania.
    Cryptocarya muthuvariana spotted in Edamalakkudy
    Credit: TH
    • The researchers came across the new species during surveys on endemic and threatened species of the Western Ghats.
  • Detailed studies showed it to be a distinct species.
  • Cryptocarya muthuvariana’ grows to a height of about 10 to 15 m and is characterised by not-too-broad leaves.
    • The researchers managed to spot only around 10 individual trees of the species in the locality.
  • The Western Ghats is home to around nine species of the genus Cryptocarya.

Source: TH


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