Taxonomic status of Salix ichnostachya (Salicaceae) and its extended distribution in Kerala

Sukla Chanda, Pramanik A. & G.G. Maiti

Published on : 31-Dec-2012



Salix ichnostachya Lindl. ex Andersson belonging to the family Salicaceae is endemic to southern India. Taxonomically this species has variously been treated from time to time due to its apparent similarity with S. tetrasperma Roxb. in certain characters. So far this species has been reported from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Assam (?) only. Present study has confirmed that the distribution is extended up to Kerala based on a specimen that was earlier mistreated as S. tetrasperma. The distinct characters of the species are discussed in detail along with illustration and special note on distribution for easy and effective determination.