Osbeckia aspera Blume

 
  • Family : MELASTOMATACEAE
    (Melastoma Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : ANJAN FAMILY (अंजन फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : MELASTOMATACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Evergreen forests and grasslands, also in the plains
  • Comments / notes : Occasional along grassy slopes or shady forests above 400-600m.
  • Key identification features : Branchlets slender, reddish-brown and slightly hirsute; Leaves three nerved, hirsute, elliptic-lanceolate; Flowers 5-merous, purple-pink in 3-6 flowered cymes with hairs along the margin; stamens yellow; calyx clothed with bulbous bristles.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-April
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Kodagu (Coorg) district
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Kozhikode district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Kottayam district, Alappuzha district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
  • Native : India, Sri Lanka
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Flora of Coorg district, Karnataka state; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Osbeckia aspera. Downloaded on 19 October 2021.

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