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Systematic studies of genus Embelia (Primulaceae) in India

Project summary:

Embelia Brum. f. (Primulaceae) has been studied only in the regional floras and the century old work of Clarke (l.c.) in India. Comprehensive taxonomic study of the group is still lacking. Therefore, we propose to undertake the systematic revision of Indian Embelia to understand its taxonomy and to resolve its complexes.

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Arun Prasanth R.

Highest degree:

Master of Science in Botany

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Nimbalkar, V. V., Arun Prasanth R. & M. M. Sardesai (2019). Rediscovery of Nilgiri Mallow Abutilon neelgerrense var. fischeri T.K. Paul & M.P. Nayar (Malvaceae) after a century from southern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 11(10): 14388–14390.

Arun Prasanth R., KARUN WILSON, SUNDERASAN, V. (2019). Typification of three names in Garcinia (Clusiaceae) from India. Rheedea 29(4): 228–230.

Arun Prasanth R., SARDESAI, M. M., S. R. YADAV. Taxonomic notes on Boerhavia coccinea and B. procumbens (Nyctaginaceae) in India. Phytotaxa (In review).

Arun Prasanth R., Varsha V. Nimbalkar, SARDESAI, M. M. Delineation of taxonomic identity of Aristolochia indica (Aristolochiaceae) complex inferred from morphology and molecular analysis with a note on its nomenclature. Ann. Bot. Fin. (In Review).

Referee 1:

Prof. Arun Kumar Pandey

Referee 2:

Dr. Ritesh Kumar Choudhary

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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