New Species of Genus Allmania Spotted

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    • Recently, a plant spotted in Palakkad is the second species of the genus Allmania.
      • It is an annual herb that grows to a height of about 60 cm.

    About Allmania Multiflora

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    • Background:
      • 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.
    • Location:
      • The plant is spotted on the granite hillocks of Palakkad.
    • Scientific name:
      • Allmania multiflora.
    • Characteristics:
      • It is found at heights ranging between 1,000 to 1,250 metres.
      • It is an annual herb, erect, with branches arising from the base.
      • The stem is red to violet at the base and green above.
      • Flowering and fruiting occurs from May to September.
      • It has been so named for having a higher number of florets within an inflorescence.
    • IUCN Status:
      • Critically Endangered in IUCN Red List criteria.
    • Threats:
      • Its population is quite small.
      • It could be accidentally exploited by local people as a vegetable along with amaranths. 
    • Significance
      • The species is quite special from both the botanical and conservation points of view.
      • The discovery has come 188 years after the genus and the first species were described by botanists.

    Source: TH