New species of ecologically vital plant found in Western Ghats

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News: A new species of Indian Muraingrasses (Genus Ischaemum) have been spotted by scientists in Goa in the Western Ghats.

Facts:

  • Ischaemum Janarthanamii: It is a species of Muraingrass which is known for their ecological and economic importance such as fodder.
  • Named after: It was named in the honour of Prof. M. K. Janarthanam, Professor of Botany, Goa University.
  • Vegetation: The species grows on low altitude lateritic plateaus in the outskirts of Bhagwan Mahavir National Park, Goa.
  • Significance: The species has adapted to survive harsh conditions and blossom every monsoon.
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