Recently, Two new plant species discovered in western ghats regions in Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad districts.
About Fimbristylis sunilii and Neanotis prabhuii
- Collected from the grasslands of Ponmudi hills, Thiruvananthapuram, Fimbristylis sunilii has been named after plant taxonomist C.N. Sunil.
- A perennial plant of the Cyperaceae family, it stands 20-59 cm tall and was collected from an elevation of 1,100 metres. Fimbristylis sunilii has been provisionally assessed as data deficient (DD) under the IUCN Red List categories.
- Neanotis prabhuii is a prostrate perennial herb named after K.M. Prabhukumar, Senior Scientist at CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow.
- Discovered in the Chembra Peak grasslands of Wayanad, it hails from the family Rubiaceae and grows on high-altitude grasslands.
- Neanotis prabhuii grows up to 70 cm in length and is many-flowered with the petals pale pink in colour.
- Neanotis prabhuii has been categorised data deficient (DD) in the absence of any detailed observations and data on populations.
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