Piper rukshgandhum (Piperaceae): a new species from Southern Western Ghats, India

Jose Mathew, Kadakasseril V George, Regy Yohannan

Abstract


Piper rukshagandhum J.Mathew is described as a new species from the Achankovil forest, Kerala section of the
southern Western Ghats, India. The diagnostic morphological characters, distribution, conservation status and
colour images of the new species are presented. The significance of this newly discovered species in breeding
programs of black pepper is also briefly discussed. A key to Piper from the southern Western Ghats is provided.

Keywords


Piper rukshgandhum, Piperaceae, Achankovil, Southern Western Ghats

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7751/telopea8863