A new population record of the Critically Endangered Dipterocarpus bourdillonii Brandis from the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, India

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Navendu Page
Srinivasan Kasinathan
Kshama Bhat
G. Moorthi
T. Sundarraj
Divya Mudappa
T.R. Shankar Raman


Dipterocarpus bourdillonii, a Critically Endangered tree species endemic to the Western Ghats, India, has hitherto been reported mainly from the states of Kerala and Karnataka on the western slopes of the mountain range. In Tamil Nadu, this species has been reported to occur in two locations, but no population details have been documented and the species has neither been listed in state floras nor in a recent compendium of plant species. The present study documents the occurrence of a population of the species, with at least 40 individuals, in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu, extends the known upper limit of its altitudinal range to 733 m, and suggests further surveys and in situ conservation efforts. 

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