Conserving the newly recorded Hill Arecanut Palm Bentinckia condapanna Berry ex Roxb (Arecaceae) population outside the natural forest as wildlife corridor

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M. Divin Murukesh
Ajith Ashokan


Bentinckia condapanna a vulnerable palm distributed along the southern Western Ghats has a sparse distribution in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  A viable population of this palm is found in Arundel-Priya Estate, an abandoned tea plantation in Kollam District, Kerala.  This population comprises 76 mature palms and is on the verge of being affected with the proposed widening of Kazhuthurutty-Arundel-Achankoil road and may wipe out the whole population.

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M. Divin Murukesh, 1.Centre for Conservation Ecology, Department of Zoology, MES Mampad College, Malappuram. 2.Wildlife Research and Conservation Trust, Anupallavi, Chungathara, Nilambur, Kerala 679334, India 3 Kerala State Biodiversity Board, L-14, Jai Nagar, Medical College P.O, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 695 011, India

PhD Scholar, Department of Zoology,

MES Mampad College

Ajith Ashokan

Puthuval Vila House, Cherunniyoor P.O, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


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