Portulaca Laljii: A new species of wild sun rose
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity
- Botanists have discovered a new species of wild sun rose from the Eastern Ghats in India.
- The new species, named Portulaca laljii was discovered from Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.
- It has unique features such as a tuberous root, no hair in its leaf axils, a reddish pink flower, prolate-shaped fruits, and copper brown seeds without lustre.
- The flowers are very attractive and bloom for months from June to February.
- The plant bears beautiful, tiny pink flowers for eight months.
- It is because of the succulent nature of tuberous roots that the plant can survive on rocky crevices.
Do you know?
- Portulaca laljii has been named to honour the contribution of Lal Ji Singh, an eminent botanist of the Botanical Survey of India associated with its Andaman and Nicobar Centre.