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The first Indian record of Pogonatum marginatum Mitt. (Polytrichaceae) from the Western Ghats



Pogonatum marginatum has been previously known from Sri Lanka and Vietnam. It was recently collected in the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats (Kerala and Tamil Nadu), this being the first record of the plant in India. We provide a detailed description of the species with figures and a photographic plate, plus novel chloroplast gene sequences of the Indian plant, another specimen of the same species, and a close relative.


Agasthyamalai, Pogonatum, Polytrichopsida, Sri Lanka, Western Ghats

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