Kalanchoe dineshii (Crassulaceae), a new species from southern Western Ghats, India





Idukki district, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Western Ghats, taxonomy


A new species of Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae), K. dineshii Syam Radh & Nampy, is described and illustrated. The new species occurs in the Mathikettan Shola National Park in southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India, and it is only known from the Idukki district. It is morphologically most similar to K. bhidei, but distinguished from the latter by its small stature (30-40 cm high), obovate to obtrullate sessile leaves adnate to stem in the basal ¼th, and widely ovate calyx lobes. Information is also given on the distribution, habitat, phenology, and conservation status of the new taxon.


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How to Cite

Radh Sasi, S. ., & Nampy, S. . (2022). Kalanchoe dineshii (Crassulaceae), a new species from southern Western Ghats, India. Anales Del Jardín Botánico De Madrid, 79(2), e127. https://doi.org/10.3989/ajbm.2591




Funding data

University of Calicut
Grant numbers 17.1/2014-15/RGNF-2014-15-SC-KER-63372

Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment
Grant numbers 126/2016/KSCSTE