Eriocaulon karaavalense Darsh., R.K. Choudhary, Datar, & G.R.Rao, Annales Botanici Fennici 56(1-3):305-316 · June 2019;

I am happy to share that we have described a new species of Eriocaulon from Karnataka. It has been named Eriocaulon karaavalense. The specific epithet is derived from the word ‘karavli’ in Kannada language, a name given to the coastal region of Karnataka. You can find the full paper here. 
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Thanks and congrats, … and the team for the new species.


Eriocaulon karaavalense (Eriocaulaceae), a new species from India based on morphological and molecular evidence (Abstract- Eriocaulon karaavalense Darsh., R.K. Choudhary, Datar, & G.R.Rao (Eriocaulaceae) is described and illustrated as a new species from the Western Ghats, India. It is closely similar to E. kanarense but differs from it by number of peduncles, linear lanceolate leaves, glandular female petals, non-beaked seeds and ribbon shaped seed appendages. Eriocaulon karaavalense is also similar to E. palghatense and E. odoratum but differs from the former by hemispherical white heads, unequal male petals, and remarkably longer peduncles; and from the latter by linear–lanceolate leaves, white heads and seed appendages in the form of split ribbon-like bands. Phylogenetic analysis based on ITS and trnL–F loci confirmed the status of E. karaavalense as a distinct species)

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