Bryocrumia malabarica discovered in Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary A new species of moss of the genus Bryocrumia has been named after the Malabar region of Kerala from where it was spotted. Bryocrumia malabarica , discovered in the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary along the Western Ghats, is special, say the botanists responsible for its discovery. This tiny bryophyte is only the second species to be identified in the genus Bryocrumia which has for long thought to be monotypic – that is, represented by just one species. The team of botanists which made the discovery was led by Manju C. Nair of the Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode; R. Prakashkumar, Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram; Prajitha B. of the Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode; and W.Z. Ma of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China. Their findings have been published in the latest issue of the journal Acta Botanica Hungarica . For years, the genus Bryocrumia was thought to include only one species – Bryocrumia vivicolor . Found on rocks in streams, B. vivicolor has been spotted in Congo and Uganda in Africa, North and South Carolina in the United States, China’s Yunnan, Nuwara Eliya […]

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