Published on: March 5, 2022




A team of scientists from the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered a new gin berry species from the Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The species is  Glycosmis albicarpa


A new Gin berry species of plant discovered from Southern Western Ghats
  • The species has distinct large white fruit
  • Endemic to the southern Western Ghats
  • Belongs to the Orange family Rutaceae
  • Being utilised for their medicinal values and food
  • Most commonly collected from the wild
  • Berries have the unique characteristic of ‘gin aroma’ and gained in popularity as an edible fruit
  • Larval host plant for butterflies like other species of Glycosmis
  • Evergreen small tree, was found as undergrowth in the Tirunelveli semi-evergreen forests at the Panagudi forest section of the wildlife sanctuary as a single population that covers an area of approximately 2 sq. km.
  • Though flowering, natural regeneration and seedling recruitment of this taxon is found to be fairly good within the locality, habitat modification causes a major threat to the survival of this species