New Plant Species Discoverd from the Lateritic Hillocks.

A team of scientists discovered new species of the genus Euploca, a genus of Boraginaceae, which has been found in tropical Africa. It is reported for the first time in India from the lateritic plains of Kannur District in northern Kerala. Dr. Ratheesh Narayanan, Asst. Professor of Botany is one among the team of scientists.The discovery is of great phytogeographical significance and further strengthens the theory of “Biotic Ferry” by sharing floristic and faunistic elements common to Africa and Indian subcontinent and also the overall bio geographical link with  Gondwana Land mass of Mesozoic era.