we are pleased to inform you about our new publication which is being released, Indo-Burmese Phyllanthaceae : A taxonomic Revision   Authored by Tapas Chakrabarty & Nambiyath P. Balakrishnan

Year : 2018, Pages : viii, 437, ISBN : 978-81-211-0984-0 , Binding : Hard Bound, Size : Royal 8vo, 93 coloured photographs, Price: Indian Rs 4750.00 US $ 85.00, British Pound £ 65.00, Euro 75.00 

We are also giving below a brief write up of the book for your information:

About the Book:

The family Phyllanthaceae is a segregate of the heterogeneous mega-family Euphorbiaceae, based on phylogenetic considerations, placed in the order Malpighiales under Eudicotidae, a clade in flowering plants. The family is distinct in their pollen grains showing three colpi or grooves paralleling the polar axis and biovulatelocules of ovaries. They also show bitegmic ovules with non-vascularized inner integument and exarillate seeds.

The family is cosmopolitan mainly distributed in humid tropics. The authors have revised the family as represented in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar) and Sri Lanka forming a distinct phytogeographical conglomeration. This work includes 2 subfamilies, 6 tribes, 16 genera and 214 species. The biggest genus is Phyllanthus with 67 species, which includes the medicinally important Amla, the Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthusemblica). There are several economically and medicinally important species in the family.

The work provides detailed descriptions of the family, subfamilies, tribes, genera and species. For easy identification bracketed keys to all levels of classification are provided. For each species, detailed nomenclature, typification, description, flowering and fruiting period, local names, habitat, distribution and specimens examined have been provided. Photographs of 93 species have been included for quick identification. A comprehensive bibliography includes citations of important literature relevant to the area.

The work will be useful for students, teachers and researchers of Botany and allied branches and will also prove useful to all workers in applies fields to correctly identifying their specimens.

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Congratulations Tapas Ji and Bala krishnan Ji for bringing out this huge work..


Hearty congratulations, Tapas ji and Balakrishnan ji, for this huge work.


We are grateful to the group eFI especially those persons who generously donated photographic images for reproduction.


Thank you so much dear …,

We have reproduced a number of photographs kindly given by both of you with due acknowledgements.


My hearty congratulations to Tapas ji & Nambiyath P. Balakrishnan. Great work indeed !

Congratulations to the authors for another quality document.

Hope to see and use it for our floristic works.
Indo-Burmes region is selected which indicate it will be having more species than Phylanthaceae part of Indian Euphorbiaceae described in Flora of India vol-23.


Thank you … for the good words.

I am getting only four hard copies of the book from the publishers. Now it is my desire to present one hard copy to this group. 
Please think and decide to whom I should send the same with mailing address.


This is a noble idea and a great gesture on your part. 
Though you are the best person to decide the recipient, yet in my opinion, … will be best utilizing the publication for group’s benefit. 
And I should say that everyone wishes to have it, including me..
It will be a wonderful gift indeed, for whosoever receives it…

A great gesture on your part. I shall be obliged to receive a copy from you sir if the group decides so.


Thank you …,

I am awaiting final decision of the group. I will be able to send only one hard copy by speed post. Another I will present to my colleagues of CNH. After that only two will be left out with me.

Thanks … for this kind gesture.
I feel … may send a note in moderators’ group to decide the recipient.

I think … will be in a better position to utilize it. He already has a great collection of books.

I request you to pl. present it to him. 

Thanks, Tapas ji.

Congratulations to you and Balakrishnan ji, for your lifetime of hard work and dedication. 


Nearly one month ago I received the book “Indo-Burmese Phyllanthaceae” authored by Drs Tapas Chakrabarty and N.P. Balakrishnan. Both of the taxonomists of world repute are our valued experts and members. This copy was a gift from the authors to efloraindia group and as decided it was given to me for future use by the group. I am personally, and on behalf of group, grateful to them for this kind gesture.

It is a hard core taxonomic manual with a flavour of live images (93 in all) many of which are contributed by group members (Dinesh Valke Ji, Anurag Sharma Ji, Prashant Awale Ji, Nidhan Singh Ji, Saroj Kasaju Ji, Tapas Ji himself, and others). It is a quality work and useful to all plant lovers from taxonomists to naturalists. One can call it the most authoritative and recent account of this segregate group of older Euphorbiaceae in Indo-Burmese region (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka). It includes 2 subfamilies, 6 tribes, 16 genera and 214 species, all of which are described in details. Endemic nature of various taxa is also given which is of prime importance for the conservation of these taxa. Economic importance of the species is also mention in it. Being a revision it contains correct author citations for all ranks of taxa (families, tribes, genera, sub genera, species, sub species, and varieties), references to previous literature, synonymy, type information, detailed morphological characters, distribution, keys (bracketed) to subgroups, and long list of herbarium specimens examined by the authors. For each species flowering and fruiting periods, common names in different languages or dialects, habitats are also given in the book.

Writing a revision, in my opinion, is the most difficult taxonomic documentation as it requires deepest understanding of the group and examination of huge number of earlier publications and specimens. It needs years of continuous effort and in-depth knowledge of nomenclature. Long association of authors with this group of plants is clearly visible when we brows through the list of species here; many are described as new species by them. As I can understand both of these two veteran taxonomists of India must have invested years to accomplish this task.   

After the joy and satisfaction of publishing a document another long lasting pleasure is to see it being used by others. We in this group are one of the many users as this group of flowering plants is fairly represented in eFI with 15 genera and 82 identified species and many unidentified images. Though, we also have a privilege of direct observation on this group by Dr Tapas Chakrabarty who, time to time, has suggested correct identities.

The authors of “Indo-Burmese Phyllanthaceae” have set a praiseworthy tradition of gifting the book to the group which I hope will continue in future.

Images attached here are to give a glimpse of this document.



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