Studies on the Flora of Tirunelveli Hills (June 1996 to Jan. 2002- Jointly)
Studies on the Wild Genetic Resources of the Coffea L. and its relatives , Southern
Western Ghats, India (Feb. 2002 to Jan. 2004) funded by the Department of
Biotechnology, New Delhi- BSI, SRC, Coimabtore
Diversity, Exploitation and Conservation issues of Indian Memeyclon L.
Quantitative Assessment and Mapping of Plant Resources of Nicobar Islands (July-
Flora of Kerala (Ulmaceae to Moraceae) April, 2006 to March. 2007)
Flora of Little Nicobar Tribal Reserve (April, 2008 to Sep. 2011)
Flora of Rani Jhansi Marine National Park ( October, 2011 to March, 2015.)
Revision of the Family Arecaceae (Flora of Kerala) April, 2015 to March, 2016
Ongoing- 2 Nos.
Floristic Assessment of Megalamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu India (April,
Cyperaceae of Tamil Nadu (March, 2015-April, 2020) (Dr. G.V.S. Murthy,
The comprehensive account of the flora(Polypetalae) of
Life Forms: 197 Trees, 80 Stragglers, 68 Climbers, 103
Six new taxa
Five distributional record for India
Eight distributional records for Tamil Nadu
Of the total taxa,
DBT PDF Program
Supervisor Dr. R. Gopalan
351 Field Nos. were vouched.
22 genera and 83 species were identified
Psychotria L. (17), Ixora L. (10), Pavetta L. (10),
Lasianthus Jack (9), Coffea L.(8), Canthium Lam.
(5), Mussaenda L. (4), Tarenna Gaertn.(4), Morinda
L. (2), and Saprosma Bl. (2), and less diversity
found in the 12 genera with 1 species each
Novelty: - 2 Nos.
Psychotria henryana Murugan & Gopalan Eugenia
shettyana Murugan & Gopalan
DST Young Scientist Program
A). Literature survey: For the past two months
(17-11-2004 to 19-01-2005), 59 reference
cards pertaining to the genus Memecylon L.
were prepared from the various National and
International Floras as well as Journals at the
Botanical Survey of India and Tamil Nadu
Agricultural University Libraries, Coimbatore.
B) Indexing of Herbarium: The available
specimens of Memecylon L. from Tamil Nadu,
Kerala and Tamil Nadu states were indexed
from the Botanical Survey of India (MH) &
Forest Research Centre (FRC), Coimbatore
and St. Xavier’s College Herbarium (XCH),
Altogether 533 herbarium
distribution ranges for different species.
OF COFFEE 20-01-2005 TO 30-12-2005
Three months training on
Cultivation, Breeding, etc.
Three months extensive and
Regular monitoring of Coffee
APRIL, 2006 TO MARCH. 2007
20 species (including generic and specific
1. Assistance provided to Library Stock
2. Study tour (2 days) conducted for herbarium
3. Assistance provided to compile the Monthly,
HILLS (APRIL 2007-MAR. 2009)
Literature survey & Herbarium consultation
Relevant literature was gathered from the Library of BSI, IFGTB and
Examined earlier collections at MH
Exploration: Preliminary visit was made to Vellingiri Hills on 26
Apr.2007 and 12 Aug. 2007 respectively and vouched 34. F.Nos.
One exploration tour was made in the month of Sep.2007 (17-25
Posted as Scientist-C at the BSI, ANRC, Port Blair, this project was
As per the Annual Action Plan (April 2008 to Sep. 2011), six exploration tours (96 DAYS) are
Angiosperms (94 F, 291 genera and 441 spp.) Pteridophytes (21 F, 32 G, & 49 spp.) and
A. NEW TO SCIENCE:
1. Tylophora nicobarica C. Murugan sp. nov. (in edi.)- ASCLEPIADACEAE; 2. Psychotria vasudevae C.
Murugan sp. nov. (in edi.)- RUBIACEAE
B. DISTRIBUTIONAL RECORDS
: 1. Stemona curtisii Hook.f.- STEMONACEAE; 2. Thottea celebica Ding Hou-
ARISTOLOCHIACEAE; 3. Bridelia moonii Thwaites- EUPHORBIACEAE; 4. Myristica maxima Warb.-
MYRISTICACEAE; 5. Gastrodia javanica (Bl.) Lindl. ORCHIDACEAE; 6. Dioscorea birmanica Prain &
Burkill- DIOSCOREACEAE; 7. Pleocnemia hemiteliiformis (Racib.) Holttum- THELYPTERIDACEAE;
II. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
III Nicobar Islands
Nine field trips conducted (ca 80 days) and vouched 1270 Field Numbers.
The vascular floristic accounts include the Angiosperms(370 spp. under 108 F and 314 G), Pteridophytes (12
spp. under 8 F and 10 G) and Gymnosperms (12 spp.under 8 Fand 10 G).
Endemic Taxa: Total spp. of AN Is.(384), 35 are recollected and identified.
A. NEW TO SCIENCE
1. Orophea parkinsonii Murugan sp. nov. (in edi.)- ANNONACEAE
B. DISTRIBUTIONAL RECORDS
GENERIC RECORD: 1. Oropetium thomaeum (L.f.) Trin. - POACEAE
SPECIFIC RECORD: 1. Cayratia tenuifolia (Wight & Arn.) Gagnep. - VITACEAE & 2. Oropetium thomaeum (L.f.)
III Andaman Islands:
C. REDISCOVERY OF SPECIES AFTER TYPE COLLECTION:
Grids and transects covered: Nicobar
Islands are allotted with total number of
grids 264, out of total number of grids
262 grids have been completed and 2
grids are unapproachable area. For 262
completed grids, 262 data sheets have
been prepared and submitted to the
coordinator of the project (Table - 1).
Herbaria, species recorded: As part of
the assessment and mapping, 685
specimens collected and 3884 number
of specimens were mounted and 1942
herbarium sheets are accessioned and
In India 21 genera and 100 species
One of the prime objectives of the
Based on the herbarium specimens
Megamalai in local, language (Tamil) denotes
Megamalai is largely under the control of the
In general, this area is rugged and mountainous
Wet evergreen forests, Montane forests,
High altitude grasslands,
Southern tropical west coast semi-evergreen forests,
Southern tropical moist mixed deciduous forests,
Southern tropical secondary moist mixed deciduous
Southern tropical dry mixed deciduous forests,
Southern tropical Carnatic umbrella thorn forests,
Southern dry deciduous scrub forests, etc,
which are very important
for the richness of the
flora of these sanctuary
Dr. G. V. S. Murthy, Scientist G, (Rtd.),
(Reallotted to last three officials in April 2016)
No. of Field Tour conducted
3 (Q2, Q3, Q4,)
Total Field nos. vouched
90 (with duplicate)
Total no. of Photographs taken
Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 – 4 tour; Budget – TE 80,000; Contingency: 1,00,000/-
Note: Dr. G.V.S. Murthy, Superannuated on 31-12-2016.
Shri S. Yarraya Resigned and left BSI May, 2016.
28-03-2008 to 28-04-2008;
15-05-2008 to 14-09-2008; 16-02-2009 to 16-03-2009; 11-08-2009 to
04-09-2009; 17-09-2009 to 29-09-2009;
16-11-2009 to 17-02-2010
BSI, ANRC, Port Blair);
20-06-2008; 27-01-2009 to 01-02-2009.; 24-06-2009 to 02-06-2009;
18-10-2009; 17-11-2009 to 29-11-2009; 24-12-2009 to 01-01-2010;
16-01-2010 to 31-01-2010 (
18-09-2015 to 20-09-
2015.; 16-02-2016 to 25-02-2016
(BSI, SRC, Coimbatore)
4. Performed duties of Head of Office: 01-02-2010 to 03-03-2015
; 01-01-2017 to Till date
( BSI SRC, Coimbatore).
5. Technical: Compilation of monthly, Quarterly and Annual reports of BSI, ANRC,
Port Blair w.e.f. 01-02-2010 to 28-02-2015.