September 28, 2020 eight:03:00 pm
Scientists from Agharkar Analysis Institute (ARI) have found two new species of pipeworts, a sort of wetland plant, from areas alongside the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
A number of the previously-discovered plant species, belonging to genus Eriocaulon, have confirmed to have medicinal values and have been in broad use for his or her anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-cancerous properties. Nonetheless, the crew is but to hint the hidden medicinal functions of those two species.
Some 111 species exist in India, most of that are endemic to the Western Ghats and japanese Himalayas.
“The 2 newly-discovered species, from Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and Kumta in Karnataka, show completely different floral characters than beforehand identified species,” mentioned Ritesh Kumar Choudhary, who led the ARI examine.
For its distinct minute inflorescence measurement, researchers have named the species present in Maharashtra as Eriocaulon parvicephalum, whereas the Karnataka counterpart has been named Eriocaulon karaavalense indicating the Karaavali coastal area within the state.
Figuring out the species within the wild is a problem, primarily as a consequence of their tiny measurement, mentioned researchers. “Its tiny seeds and flowers make the identification of the species tough. In addition to, all species of Eriocaulon seem similar to each other,” mentioned Chaudhary.
The crew has taken up DNA barcoding works of this species to know the evolution of this genus in India.
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