Osbeckia muralis Naud., Ann. Sc. Nat. Ser. 3.14:56. 1850. (Syn. O. truncata D.Don Ex White & Arn.);
os-BEK-ee-uh — named for Swedish explorer and naturalist Pehr Osbeck … Dave’s Botanary
mur-AH-liss — found growing on walls … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: wall osbeckia • Kannada: ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ gidda nekkare, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರಿಕ gidda nekkarika • Konkani: धाकटी नाकेरी dhakti nakeri • Malayalam: ചെന്തുമ്പ chenthumpa, ചെറുകുളത്തി cherukulathi • Marathi: गुलबेकी gulbeki • Sanskrit: तिनीशः tinisah • Tamil: செந்தும்பை cen-tumpai • Telugu: బురద అల్లి burada alli • Tulu: ದೈ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ dai nekkare
Names compiled / updated at https://dineshvalke.blogspot.com/2024/01/osbeckia-muralis-naudin.html
Native to: s India, Sri Lanka
Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 3 By T. Pullaiah, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2007)- (Description & Keys- Osbeckia muralis, virgata, stellata, chinensis & zeylanica)

Erect herbs; stem 4-angled, laxly villous. Leaves 1-3.5x 0.8-2 cm, elliptic to oblong, base rounded to obtuse, apex acute, chartaceous, densely pubescent with long hairs on both sides, 3-ribbed; petiole to 6 mm long. Flowers few in terminal cymose clusters, 4-merous, c. 1.5 cm across. Calyx tube 2-4 mm wide, cupular, ribbed, long-simple hairy; lobes 4, 2-4 mm long, triangular, stellately bristly at apex. Petals pink, 4-6 x 3-4 mm, ovate. Stamens 8; anthers 2-4 mm long, ovate-oblong, apex truncate. Ovary 4-locular, apically with many erect bristles. Capsule 4-6 mm long, globose. Seeds many, minute.

Flowering and fruiting: September-December
Rocky areas in moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
Western Ghats
Osbeckia muralis:
Osbeckia muralis
Marathi name: Gulbeki
At Sagargad, Alibag
29 Sept, 2011

Osbeckia muralis Naudin of Melastomataceae family.
Photographed from Sringeri, Karnataka 3 days back.
Probably the smallest among all Osbeckia spp.
Plant height is hardly 10cm sometimes reaches 15cm. Sometimes branched
Flowers are small.

Very Little Osbeckia

Nice photographs ! These are mine.

Very strange.
muralis means one that grows on walls. There are on ground :))

Wow, …, actually I have seen them growing on ridges along roadsides and forest trek paths where some canopy gap is available.

Osbeckia muralis:
Came across this small herb at “Prabalgad- Matheran Valley” (Maharashtra).
Bot. name: Osbeckia muralis
Family: Melastomataceae.
Date/Time: 16-09-2012 / 11:00AM


Please identify this species of Melastoma : Attachments (1). 7 posts by 4 authors.
At Shahapur on the banks of my stream. Is this a species of Melastoma?

This is Osbeckia sp.

I think this represents Osbeckia cupularis Don

This is O. muralis.

… adding coomon names of Osbeckia muralis … the wall osbeckia • Marathi: गुलबेकी gulbeki • Tamil: செந்தும்பை cen-tumpai • Telugu: బురద అల్లి burada alli

Id Please – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Id Please
Small herb hieght up to 4-5 inches photographed at Sagargad, Alibag
11 Sep, 2009

Osbeckia sp.

Appears close to images at Osbeckia muralis Naud.

via Species‎ > ‎O‎ > Osbeckia muralis Naud. … family: Melastomataceae a.k.a. Melastomaceae

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
os-BEK-ee-uh — named for Swedish explorer and naturalist Pehr OsbeckDave’s Botanary
mur-AH-liss — found growing on wallsDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: wall osbeckiaKannada: ಅಕ್ಕ ಜೋಗಿ ಗಿಡ akka jogi gida, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ gidda nekkare, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರಿಕ gidda nekkarikaMalayalam: ചെന്തുമ്പ centumpa, ചെറുകുളത്തി cherukulathi, കുഞ്ഞതിരാണി kunjathiraniMarathi: गुलबेकी gulbekiSanskrit: तिनीशः tinisahTamil: செந்தும்பை cen-tumpaiTelugu: బురద అల్లి burada alliTulu: ದೈ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ dai nekkare
botanical names: Osbeckia muralis Naud. … synonyms: Osbeckia muralis var. kurzii (C.B.Clarke) K.K.Khanna • Osbeckia truncata var. kurzii C.B.Clarke • Osbeckia zeylanica Steud. ex Naud. … Catalogue of Life
September 25, 2010 … Sarasgad, near Pali

You are great. Today I learnt the meaning of MURALIS :).

os-BEK-ee-a — named for Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist … Dave’s Botanary
mur-AH-liss — found growing on walls … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: wall osbeckia • Kannada: ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ gidda nekkare, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರಿಕ gidda nekkarika • Malayalam: ചെന്തുമ്പ chenthumpa, ചെറുകുളത്തി cherukulathi •  Marathi: गुलबेकी gulbeki • Sanskrit: तिनीशः tinisah • Tamil: செந்தும்பை cen-tumpai • Telugu: బురద అల్లి burada alli • Tulu: ದೈ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ dai nekkare

botanical namesOsbeckia muralis Naudin … heterotypic synonymsOsbeckia truncata D.Don ex Wight & Arn. • Osbeckia zeylanica Steud. ex Naudin … and more at POWO, retrieved 31 December 2023

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~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
written and spoken widely, in most parts of India
wall osbeckia
  • name coined, for want of name, by Flowers of India, retrieved December 31, 2023
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
written in: Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ) … spoken in: Karnataka
ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ gidda nekkare, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರಿಕ gidda nekkarika
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
written in: Malayalam (മലയാളം) … spoken in: Kerala
ചെറുകുളത്തി cherukulathi
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
written in: Devanagari (मराठी) … spoken in: Maharashtra, Karnataka
गुलबेकी gulbeki
  • name coined, for want of name, by Shrikant Ingalhalikar, the author of Flowers of Sahyadri, the first among the three field guides to identify plants of northern Western Ghats of India, based on flowers
~~~~~ SANSKRIT ~~~~~
written in: Devanagari (संस्कृतम्) … used all over India by priests and scholars
तिनीशः tinisah
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
written in: Tamil (தமிழ்) … spoken in: Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
செந்தும்பை cen-tumpai
~~~~~ TELUGU ~~~~~
written in: Telugu ( తెలుగు) … spoken in: Andhra PradeshTelangana
బురద అల్లి burada alli
  • for Osbeckia zeylanica Steud. ex Naudin … Flora Andhrika – Plant Wealth of Andhra Pradesh, India
~~~~~ TULU ~~~~~
written in: Kannada, Malayalam … spoken in: Karnataka, north Kerala
ದೈ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ dai nekkare
Andhra Pradesh, *Bihar, *Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, *Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, *Odisha, Tamil Nadu, *Uttar Pradesh

* no given name / no name found, in the regional language(s) of the state

~~~~~ Last updated: 01-01-2024 ~~~~~
Names compiled / updated at

Konkani name added …

Very beautiful photograph of this micro flower and great efforts. Chenthumpa is the correct spelling.  All other Malayalam and English spellings are correct,

Source of the name ചെന്തുമ്പ chenthumpa is … A Malayalam and English dictionary by Hermann Gundert … a name for Osbeckia zeylanica L.f. … a species distinct from Osbeckia zeylanica Steud. ex Naudin

The Osbeckia zeylanica L.f. is not a synonym of Osbeckia muralis Naudin, therefore not going to include it in this compilation of names.
Had made the mistake in earlier compilation.
Thank you very much again for your keen validation.

Chenthumpa is also a good ‘n appropriate name for O. muralis.

In that case, I will certainly include the name in the compilation of O. muralis names.

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Please identify the weed flower.
Name of plant:
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District(far east), Kerala PIN:686671
Date:18.10.2020, 10.15am
Habitat: wild moisture wall
Plant habit: upwards or hanging, annual
Height:01 Feet
Leaves shape: oval tip
Flower diameter: 13mm, violet, non fragrant.

Osbeckia muralis Naudin !

Requesting a herb id- 121021SB1: 2 high res. images.

Herb with exceptionally beautiful flowers found growing amidst ferns in a rocky boulder. 
IISER campus adjoining Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve.
Flowers are purple, tetramerous. Leaves are densely hairy.

Osbeckia muralis Naudin



Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 3 By T. Pullaiah, K. Sri Ramamurthy (Osbeckia muralis Naud. Syn. O. truncata D.Don Ex White & Arn.)