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Taxonomic revision and micro-morphological studies of the genus Elatostema (Urticaceae) in India

Project summary:

Elatostema J.R.Forster & G.Forster is the second-largest and a complex genus of the nettle family comprising of c. 570 species and distributed in tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Oceania. Apart from Hooker’s and Fischer’s floristic treatment in India, no detailed taxonomic study of the genus is available. Moreover, since its establishment, the intergeneric and infrageneric delimitation has remained problematic. The present study aims at preparing a detailed taxonomic account and to contribute to the better understanding of the inter- and infrageneric delimitation of Elatostema.

Cost: $


Kooli Kulangara Jeomol

Highest degree:

M.Sc. Botany

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Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

University of Calicut

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Jeomol K.K. & Sunojkumar P. (2019) Elatostema agasthyanum: A new lithophytic species from southern Western Ghats, India. Phytotaxa 430(1):03-040.

Referee 1:

Sunojkumar P.

Referee 2:

Santhosh Nampy

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1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

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4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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