Osbeckia reticulata Bedd.;
Giant Osbeckia, Beddome’s Osbeckia;

Shrub; branchlets rusty. Leaves 5-8 x 2.5-4.5 cm, coriaceous, strigose, dark green above, paler below, 5-7-nerved, base obtuse, margin serrulate, apex acute; petiole 1 cm. Cymes terminal, to 6(8) cm, 4-6-flowered; peduncle 0. Flowers 5-merous, 6 cm wide. Hypanthium urceolate, 1.5 x 1.4 cm; intersepalar emergences stalked, cupular, 7 x 3 mm; lobes 5, oblong, 9 x 4 mm; bristle hairs both simple and stellate. Petals 5, purple-rose, orbicular, 4 x 3 cm. Stamens 10, to 2 cm; filaments 1 cm; anthers equal to, or slightly longer than, filaments, oblong, slightly beaked. Ovary 5-celled, 10-lobed; style 2.5 cm. Capsule urceolate, 1.8 x 1.8 cm; seeds numerous.
Flowering and fruiting: December-August
High altitude grasslands
Southern Western Ghats




Osbeckia from Munnar – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Came across this Osbeckia Sp. at Munnar.
Could this be Osbeckia aspera??

This is Beddome’s Osbeckia, Osbeckia reticulata Bedd.  
Thanks for providing the ID.
The link provided by you is a good example of how to go about photographing the flower.

O. reticulata



Osbeckia…. Pl help ID the Species – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)

This seems to be an Osbeckia, photgraphed in Eravikulam National Park in Kerala.
Pls help ID the species

It is Osbeckia reticulata Bedd. of  MELASTOMATACEAE
refer the link

It can be Osbeckia stellata Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don

Osbeckia stellata has only 4 petals. So I believe this one with 5 petals should not be Osbeckia stellata. I have no experience with Osbeckia reticulata, but seems to agree with the given link well.

Osbeckia reticulata for sure!! In Shikkim himalaya both O stellata and O reticulata grows together often people enthusiastically identify O reticulata as O stellata,

O. reticulata

Flower for id ID30062013SH2 : Attachments (2). 10 posts by 10 authors.
Flower for Id pl.
Location –Eraviculum National Park, Munnar
Date- 31.1.2011
Habitat –Wild

From Melastome family

Schizocentron elegans (Schltdl.)

… you are right. To me it is Osbeckia stellata from Melastome.

Can not be Osbeckia stellata as this species is wild in the Himalayas only.

Is not Melastoma sp.?

this looks like melastoma malabathricum to me

Osbeckia octandra, Melastomataceae

Osbeckia reticulata

image 112 is O.reticulata

image 140 some character is missing



Request for ID – 220211SC1: Can anyone help me in identifying these flowers?

Date / Time – 31st Jan. 2011 / 11.30 am.
Location – Place /Altitude / GPS – Munnar
Habitat – Garden/ Urban/ Wild / Type – Wild
Plant Habit – Tree/Shrub / Climber /Herb – Shrub
Height /Length –  4-5ft
Flowers Size /Colour /Calyx –Dark Pink

Melastoma malabathricum.

Since the picture named Thattekkad, it is from my native. My house very much at Thattekkad.
I am doubtful this as Melastoma because the stamens are not clear and I couldn’t see 5+5 stamens (5 longer, as long as the petals and 5 smaller).
Please provide if you have a close up of the flower.

I think it is Melastoma candidum

To me it looks like Osbeckia sp.?

This would most probably be an Osbeckia sp. For sure, it is not Melastoma malabathricum.

This is Osbeckia reticulata Bedd., a rare Melastomataceae described by Col. R.H. Beddome.

I agree with … that this as Osbeckia. I am not known to the species hence this is a new species to me.