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Abutilon ranadei (Ghanti Mudra)

View a selection of images of Ghanti Mudra, a Critically Endangered shrub restricted to Maharashtra State in western India, that has great potential as an ornamental.

26 Jan 2012

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Abutilon ranadei was first collected at Amba Ghat in the Kolhapur District of Maharashtra State by Namdeorao B. Ranade, sometime Keeper of the Herbarium at the College of Science, Pune. Kew botanist Otto Stapf and G.M. Woodrow described it as a new species in 1894 and named it in honour of Mr Ranade.

Because of its narrow range and extreme rarity, in the past it has been rated as Endangered or even presumed extinct, and has only recently been assigned to the Critically Endangered category.

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