Source: The post is based on the article “Plant spotted in Palakkad is second species of the genus Allmania, say researchers” published in The Hindu on 25th October 2022
What is the News?
A new species of the plant named Allmania multiflora has been identified in Palakkad, Kerala.
What is Allmania multiflora?
Allmania multiflora is a herb plant with branches arising from the base.
Genus: It belongs to the genus Allmania. It is only the second species of this genus discovered to date.
– Note: The first species, Allmania nodiflora was originally published under the genus Celosia as Celosia nodiflora in 1753. Specimens found in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) were first described as Allmania nodiflora in 1834.
Features: Allmania multiflora has been so named for having a higher number of florets within an inflorescence.
The stem of this plant is red to violet at the base and green above.
IUCN Status: Critically Endangered.
Threats: It could be accidentally exploited by local people as a vegetable. Its habitat, the granite hillocks, too faced various forms of threats today.