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Madhuca diplostemon

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    10th Oct, 2020
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) in Kerala have rediscovered an endangered tree species 184 years after its first collection in the Western Ghats.
  • A tree from the species has been identified in front of Koonayil Ayiravilli Siva temple at Paravur in Kollam district, Kerala.
  • Madhuca diplostemon is a species of flowering plant from Sapotaceae family.
  • It has been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
  • It is believed that the species was a highly local endemic with a few individuals in the past, which were inadvertently removed for temple expansion in recent years.
  • Since the species is represented by a single mature individual in a single locality, it is assessed here as critically endangered, as per the IUCN criteria.
  • This tree is about 4-metre high; its bark fissured and leaves spirally arranged and crowded towards the branch.

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