Eragrostis rottleri Stapf (1896:321)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Extinct (Nayar & Sastry, 1987:299; Walter & Gillett, 1998; Rao et al., 2003:109; contra Humphreys et al., 2019)

Last record: 1779 (Srivastava et al., 2015); 15 December 1835 (Vivek et al., 2013:110)


Humphreys et al. (2019) list the species as rediscovered and cite (Vivek et al., 2013) as the source publication, but reading that publication they note that they could not find the species:

"A thorough search was unsuccessfully made in Tranquebar (Tharangampadi) and near about areas for this species."

(Vivek et al., 2013:112)



Tamil Nadu, India


Biology & Ecology










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Henry, A. N., Vivekananthan, K. and Nair, N. C. (1978). Rare and Threatened Flowering Plants of South India. The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 75: 684-697 [697].

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Karthikeyan, S., Jain, S. K., Nayar, M. P. and Sanjappa, M. (1989). Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae: 1-435. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.

Khoshoo, T. N. (1996). India needs a National Biodiversity Conservation Board. Current Science 71(7): 506-513.

Nayar, M. P. and Sastry, A. R. K. (compilers). (1987, reprinted 2000). Red Data Book of Indian Plants. Volume 1. Calcutta: Botanical Survey of India. xiii + 367 pp, 16 pls, figs. [pp. 299]

Rao, C. Kameswara, Geetha, B. L. and Suresh, Geetha. (2003). Red List of Threatened Vascular Plant Species in India: Compiled from the 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. ENVIS Centre on Floral Diversity, Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata. xxiv + 144 pp. [automatic download]

Sivaraj, N., Venkateswaran, Kamala, Pandravada, S. R., Reddy, M. Thirupathi Reddy and Rajasekharan, P. E. (2020). Threatened Medicinal Plants of Eastern Ghats and Their ConservationThreatened Medicinal Plants of Eastern Ghats and Their Conservation, pp. 31-62. In: Rajasekharan, P. E. and Wani, Shabir Hussain (eds.). Conservation and Utilization of Threatened Medicinal Plants. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG. xviii + 565 pp.

Srivastava, R. C., Lakshminarasimhan, P., Arisdason, W. and Sardesai, M. M. (2015). Angiosperms of India known only by type collection. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(8): 7465-7470.

Vivek, C. P., Murthy, G. V. S. and Nair, V. J. (2013). A note on Eragrostis rottleri (Poaceae) and its lectotypification. Nelumbo 55: 109-112.

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.


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