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A new species of plant discovered in Coastal Karnataka

A team of scientists from Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have discovered a new species of plant – Reissantia (Celastraceae). Members belonging to Reissantia family are usually found in Old World tropics of Africa and the Indo- Malaya regions.  The plants are found as a climbing, scandent or erect shrub and are characterized by small flowers. The discovery is the latest in a string of new species being discovered in the Western Ghats, including the Narrow Mouthed Laterite Frog and the Karaavali Skittering Frog.