Portulaca Laljii: A new species of wild sun rose

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  • December 29, 2020
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Portulaca Laljii: A new species of wild sun rose

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity

In news 

  • Botanists have discovered a new species of wild sun rose from the Eastern Ghats in India.

Key takeaways 

  • 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.

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