Research Paper

Cryptocarya sheikelmudiyana (Lauraceae), a new species from the Western Ghats in Kerala, India

Ponnampadi Kunjumuhammed Fasila, Kandarumadathil Hyder Amitha Bachan, Thekkum Parambil Girija, Ayilliath Kuttiyeri Pradeep

Published on: 11 May 2020

DOI: 10.6165/tai.2020.65.265

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2020 vol.65 no.3 pp.265-271


A new species of Cryptocarya (Lauraceae), Cryptocarya sheikelmudiyana is described and illustrated. This new taxon characteristically differs from C. lawsonii with elliptic apiculate leaves and non-lenticellate, oblong, longitudinally ridged fruits with a constriction just below middle. Detailed descriptions, illustrations, photographs, a distribution map, notes on conservation status, numerical taxonomic analysis of sympatric species and keys are provided.

Keyword: Cryptocarya sheikelmudiyana, India, Kerala, Lauraceae, Sheikelmudi