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Pyrostria laljii

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Pyrostria laljii

  • A 15 metre tall tree that belongs to the genus of the coffee family has recently been discovered from the Andaman Islands by a team of researchers from India and the Philippines.
  • Pyrostria laljii, is also the first record of the genus Pyrostria in India
  • It belongs to genus Pyrostria and is usually found in Madagascar.
  • It was first reported from the Wandoor forest in South Andaman.
  • The other places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where the tree could be located are the Tirur forest near the Jarawa Reserve Forest and the Chidia Tapu (Munda Pahar) forest.
  • Pyrostria laljii has been listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ in IUCN Red List.
  • It named Pyrostria laljii after Lal Ji Singh, Joint Director and Head of Office, Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India.
  • The two main varieties of coffee grown in India--- Arabica and Robusta.

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