Osbeckia leschenaultiana

MELASTOMACEAE

Local name: Nailangi

Flowering & Fruiting: Nov – Jan

Distribution: Endemic to Southern western Ghats

Description

Shrubs; branchlets terete, corrugate, young parts with rufous hairs, internodes short. Leaves to 2.5 x 1.5 cm, elliptic-ovate, acute at apex, base rounded, densely pubescent, 3-5 nerved; petiole to 3 mm. Flowers terminal, solitary or capitate, pink; calyx cup with compound rufuous hairs, stalked hairs; petals to 2.5 cm, obovate; stamens 10, filaments 6 mm, anthers 6 mm, twisted.

Citation

OsbeckialeschenaultianaDC., Prodr. 3: 142. 1828; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2:520.1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 493(348). 1919; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 59. 1998; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 272. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 145. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 131. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 129. 2002; Mohanan&Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 279. 2002.

 

OsbeckiagardnerianaWight, Ic. t. 997. 1843-45.