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Stellaria Mcclintockiae

Context:

Recently, a new plant species found on the high, muddy slopes of the Nelliyampathy hills in Kerala’s Palakkad district has been named as Stellaria mcclintockiae.

Relevance:

Facts for Prelims

Stellaria mcclintockiae: A New Species

  • Classification
  • Genus: Stellaria
  • Family: Caryophyllaceae

Features

  • Growth Habit: Annual herb reaching up to 15 cm in height.
  • Habitat: Found exclusively in the Nelliyampathy hills, at elevations between 1,250 and 1,400 meters.

Unique Characteristics:

  • Differentiated by its petals, pollen morphology, bracts, sepals, and seed architecture.
  • First reported species of the genus Stellaria from South India.

Conservation Status

  • Recommendation: Researchers suggest that Stellaria mcclintockiae should be classified as critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria.

-Source: The Hindu


 

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