ISSN: 1800-427X (print)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 12 March 2013
Accepted date: 9 April 2013
Published date: 15 June 2013
Pp. 71–72.

Rediscovery of Sonerila andamanensis Stapf & King, 1900 (Melastomataceae)

S.P. Mathew* & P Laksminarashimhan
*Corresponding author. E-mail: sampmatthew@rediffmail.com

The type collection of Sonerila andamanensis Stapf & King in King (1900) mentioned in the protologue (King’s collector 48) from the Mt. Harriet Hills of South Andaman Island is presently not traceable at CAL and K. However, another specimen of this species collected from the Andaman Islands in 1884 also by King’s collector is deposited at Kew with the barcode accession no K000867666. This specimen was annotated as S. maculata Roxburgh in 1975 by Panighrahi from the Botanical Survey of India. A perusal of literature and herbarium survey has revealed that S. maculata has not been reported from Andaman–Nicobar Islands, and no literature or any other valid documentation are available showing S. andamanensis is a synonym of S. maculata.

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