Research Paper

Pothos boyceanus (Araceae), a new species from the Western Ghats, India

Gopalaprabhu Rajkumar, Thankappan Shaju, Ahammed Nazarudeen, Raveendranpillai Prakashkumar

Published on: 17 February 2020

Page: 114 - 118

DOI: 10.6165/tai.2020.65.114

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2020 vol.65 no.2 pp.114-118


Pothos boyceanus sp. nov. (Araceae) of the subgenus Allopothos (sensu Schott, 1855) has been discovered from the evergreen forests of Valara in Idukki district of Kerala, India. The species has a close affinity with Pothos crassipedunculatus Sivadasan, Mohanan & Sathishkumar, but differs in a set of characters including the presence of a ligule, long winged petiole, asymmetric lamina, long single cataphyll, slender peduncle, presence of a stipe, long cylindric spadix with a lorate spathe equal to the length of spadix and 1˗3 seeded ovate berry ripening milky white at base and light violet towards tip.

Keyword: Allopothos, Araceae, India, Kerala, new species, Pothos, Pothos boyceanus, Western Ghats