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Biosystematic Studies in the Genus Anaphyllum Schott (Araceae) of Western Ghats

Dominic V J
Department of Botany, Sacred Heart College, Thevara, Kochi - 682013
Abstract—Anaphyllum Schott. is a genus belonging to the family Araceae with two species—Anaphyllum beddomei Engl. and Anaphyllum wightii Schott. These are unexplored, endemic and threatened plant species in South Western Ghats striving for their existence with treasures of genes with medicinal importance. Two variants of Anaphyllum wightii are noticed in the Western Ghats region throughout Kerala at an altitude of 650 - 1000 meters. Anaphyllum beddomei is observed only at an altitude of 1200-1500 meters from the Agusthya peaks of the South Western Ghats. Tribal communities use these plants as food and as antidote to snake bite. Two morphologically different variants of A. wightii (1-large and 2-small) were noticed in the present study. Morphological and anatomical variations were studied in A. beddomei and in the two variants of A. wightii. The Histo-taxonomical and biochemical prospecting envisaged in the present investigation reveal the important properties of this unexplored endemic and threatened genus and can lay the foundation for the complete cataloguing and indexing of the targeted species. The ISSR molecular marker studies indicate that the two variants of A. wightii with different morphologies have difference in their genetic constitution also. 

Index Terms—anaphyllum wightii, genetic variation, biosystematics, ISSR markers, CTAB method

Cite: Dominic V J, "Biosystematic Studies in the Genus Anaphyllum Schott (Araceae) of Western Ghats," International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 161-170, July 2012.
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