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Current Taxonomic Status of Three Coastal Endemic Species of Acacia s.l. (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae) in Tamil Nadu, India


This paper deals with three endemic species occurring in Tamil Nadu, viz. Acacia bolei R.P. Subhedar, A. pseudowightii Thoth. and A. tanjorensis Ragup. & al., all three originally recorded from coasts. As the irst species has been declared extinct, detailed accounts with regard to accepted names, synonymy and characteristic features of the remaining two species are provided and discussed in detail. Acacia minutifolia Ragup. & al., replaced by A. pseudowightii Thoth., is now treated conspeci ic with Vachellia eburnea (L.f.) P.J.H. Hurter & Mabb., distributed in Indian Subcontinent extending to Iran & Oman. Senegalia tanjorensis (Ragup. & al.) Kottaimuthu is found closely related with S. mellifera (Vahl) L.A. Silva & J Freitas subsp. mellifera and both are likely to be merged with further studies. The importance of Version of Record in publications is also highlighted using the names Senegalia tanjorensis (Ragup. & al.) A.S. Deshpande & Maslin (2019) Vs Senegalia tanjorensis (Ragup & al.) Kottaimuthu (2019). All these three taxa are added here to the strand lora of India.


Acacia tanjorensis, A. minutifolia, A. bolei, Vachellia, Senegalia, Nomenclature, Version of Record.


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