Two new plant species discovered in Western Ghats July [ Current Affairs ]


Two new plant species were discovered in Edmalayalar, Pooyamkutty-Adamalayar and Neriamangalam forest regions of Western Ghats in Ernakulam district of Kerala by Professor C.N. Sunil during investigations conducted as part of a UGC-sponsored project on the flowering plants.

  • The discovered species have been christened as Vellithumpa and Eriocaulon manoharanii. Vellithumpa (Anisochilus shoolamudianus) is a very rare species of shrub plant belonging to the mint family.
  • Vellithumpa was discovered growing on steep wet rocks on Shoolamudy peak in deep inside the Edmalayalar forest range. Vellithumpa means silver flower and it has white silvery hairs under the leaves and bears small white flowers with red anthers in cylindrical closely packed clusters.
  • Eriocaulon manoharanii is herbaceous plant belonging to the pipeworts family. It was found discovered in the wet rocky mountain grasslands of Mamalakandam-Munippara area in the Neriamangalam forest range.
  • Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests T.M. Manoharan who was named after when in recognition of his contributions to wildlife protection and biodiversity conservation.
  • This plant bears small white flowers which grows in clusters and has patchy distribution which gives scenic beauty to the valleys and grasslands.

- Published on: July 21, 2015