Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn., Fl. Bras. 14(3): 358, pl. 84, f. 2 358 1885. (syn. Lasiandra urvilleana DC.);
princess flower, glory bush, purple glory bush;

Tibouchina urvilleana is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae, native to Brazil.

Growing to 3–6 m (10–20 ft) tall by 2–3 m (7–10 ft) wide, it is a sprawling evergreen shrub with longitudinally veined, dark green hairy leaves. Clusters of brilliant purple flowers up to 10 cm (4 in) in diameter, with black stamens, are borne throughout summer and autumn.[1]
(From Wikipedia on 9.12.13)
I took this flower picture during Nature camp to the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve –also Avalanche- Kunda Forest Reserve-
Date/Time-12.5.10     —-2.45 pm
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- —— Avalanche- Kunda Forest Reserve
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- —–Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- ————-
Height/Length- —————–1 meter
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size—–Narrow -3 inch

In Malayalam it is known as Kadhali chedi, fruits are edible and will give purple color to tongue.

I think the plant is Osbeckia octandra DC. from the family Melastomaceae.

Tibouchina urvilleana (Melastomaceae).

Thanks … a mistake from em, this is a new plant for me I mistook it as Osbekia !!

No problem. Osbeckia is a new one for me; I had to look it up. There are quite a few rather similar, showy Melastomaceae.

Clicked at Kodai in Feb 07.
Is it Malabar Blackmouth (Melastoma malabthricum) ?
Ref : Isaac’s book page 58 / flower # 68
pl confirm.

Look more like Tibouchina, perhaps T. urvilleana.


Is this flower, taken at nandi hills on 28.8.07 the same.

Looks to be the same one.

Though similar, doesn’t look to be exactly same (especially the shape of petals and stamens)

Check the details of Tibouchina urvilleana from Indiantreepix Database & confirm pl.:

Even i think, the plants is Tibouchina, and there is only one species around westernghats and that is T. semidecandra.
The flowers of Melastoma are i think more pinkish..and leaves show proper convergent venation.
This species is common in areas like Madurai and Nilgiri. It inhabits low lying flat plains.

It definitely seems to belong to Genus Tibouchina. I would like second with Hemanth’s identification.
In nilgiris one can find only one species belonging to this genera. It is Tibouchina semidecandra 
Family: Melastomaceae
The other genera from this group Osbeckia and Melastoma have pinkish flowers.
Convergence of the veins in the leaves is one of the important characters of this group.

I guess this could be a species of Tibouchina of Melastomaceae.

My picture of Princess Flower, Tibouchina urvilleana is on the flowersofindia site.

…, you are perhaps right it is Tibouchina
… your Tibouchina urvilleana is most likely this plant.

Tibouchina urvilleana (syn Pleroma grandiflora, T. semidecandra) from Brazil.
This species is at its best where summers are cool. It excels in cool coastal California, USA, but performs poorly in warm humid subtropical Florida, USA.


Wild flower. Sikkim-3:
taken this shot in Sikkim at an altitude of 11,000 feet near Tsangmo lake,

– It is Tibouchina urvilleana
Flowers of India


Garden Flower For ID : Melastomataceae : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 031213 : AK-5: Attachments (4). 9 posts by 4 authors.
Seen at the Lalbagh Nursery on 25/11/13.
from the Melastome family.
Id please.

Could this be Tibouchina urvilleana?

Thanks for a possible id.
I am familiar with the above.
My picture of the same on flowersofindia looks a little different.
Waiting for expert validation.

efi page on Tibouchina urvilleana 

On second thoughts, this could be Tibouchina urvelliana.
Experts kindly validate.

… right. It is Tibouchina urvilleana for me as well.

I too support it


Images by Girish Kumar, Identification by P.S.UDAYAN (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


Fwd: [efloraofindia:230770] ID please GK1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 Mb each.

Please identify the herb…garden plant., location: Kozhikode

Melestoma sp

Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn. “Princess Flower” of the family Melastomataceae is Introduced as garden plant from Native of South America, now getting naturalised.


Help ID please:
I recently found this plant in a hill station. Help with ID please.

This plant is Melastoma sps. probably Melastoma candidum (Family: Melastomataceae)

Yes Melastoma candidum.

Tibouchina urvilleana (Cultivated) as per Flora Fauna web


Flower for Id-MN040911:
Sending a photo of flower. Kindly identify.

Melastoma malabathricum L. of Melastomataceae family.

Melastoma malabathricum.
Called ‘kathali’ in Malayalam.

This is a shrub that starts flowering by July-August.

It reaches a height of about 1.5-1.8m in height.
Growing mostly in rocky area, open hill slopes  and other open places, road sides, besides railway track, etc.

Malaysia – Melastoma malabathricum – 310714 – RK 4 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Found wild on Fraser’s Hill16/07/2014 – evening. Cultivated in gardens too.


Tibouchina urvilleana :: TMC Biodiversity Park :: 15 APR 18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.
TMC Biodiversity Park  Thane
Date: April 15, 2018 … Altitude: about 15 m (50 feet) asl
Tibouchina urvilleana  (DC.) Cogn.


SK1407 03 Sep 2018 : 29 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (8) – around 600 kb each.
Location: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong 
Date: 12 August 2018
Elevation: 1300 ft.
Habit : Wild
Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn.  ??

Which camera do you use? Thanks, …, for the superb presentation.

Nikon D3200.

and lens? could you give us exif data?

Nokkor 60mm. I have no idea about exif data.

ah. thats Nikkor 60mm + a macro lens?? no wonder your close up are nice. your flickr pictures generate exif data, so if you submit your digitals to flickr. you get the exif

Yes, Macro. I stopped posting on Flickr. Tiresome.

I think this one

Exactly …

This should be Tibouchina semidecandra.

This case illustrates the need for the leaves pictures and … has done a very conscious effort to take the abaxial pictures of leaves nowadays
I learned that one of the important feature that quickly helps is this feature per Wikipedia. i quote
Members of Tibouchina have simple leaves that lack stipules with the conspicuous ladder-like venation that is characteristic of most melastomes.[6][8] ” end quote.
its beautifully shown in the last two  pictures.that point me to tibouchina and onwards

I think this is Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn. only as per images and details herein.
May I request you to pl. have a recheck.

I think on your link plants are mixed up.
For example following two are not same, but thats my personal opinion.

All images are from same plant as shown from the bush in first image. And the image numbers are continuous with some gaps in between.

No I was talking to … about the links I gave from efl site.
The pics on the link of Tibouchina urvilleana on efl site are mixed up. All of them don’t belong to same species I think.

OK I got it …

May be. But what about … post?

I found atleast one difference between two from the original description), although I understand that there has been lot of mistake in the identification of these too on many websites. Style is pilose in Tibouchina semidecandra (I assume the complete style is pilose). In Tibouchina urvilleana style is pilose on the base and middle (I assume the apical part is not pilose).
In this plant by … it is pilose on the base and middle, hence it fits into Tibouchina urvilleana.

Thanks a lot, … May I request you to also have a look at posts in efi site of this species and point out plants for correct ID.

I went through but its not so easy as pics are not of good quality to see the style hairs.

Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn. ?? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- around 750 kb each.
Location: Hong Kong Park  
Date: 15 August 2018
Elevation: 200 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Is this too Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn.  ??

Efi page available at

Appears close as per images at Tibouchina urvilleana 

Flower for id -28122018SH3 -Melastoma sp.? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 3 Mb.
Flower for id pl.  Is it Melastoma sp.?
Location – Wayanad (Kerala)
Date – November. 2018

Kindly check for Tibouchina urvilleana, of Melastomataceae.

Thanks … Indeed it is Tibouchina urvilleana, Bright purple beautiful flowers. Saw it very commonly in Wayanad everywhere.


SK891 07 DEC-2017:ID : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)

Location: Maitidevi, Kathamndu, Nepal
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Date: 8 December 2017
Tibouchina  ??
From a nursery !

I guess it is matching …

Melastoma malabathricum as per Flora Fauna web

I think, should be Tibouchina urvilleana only.

Tibouchina urvilleana :: Vythiri, Wayanad :: 13 NOV 19 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
… at a resort  in Vythiri, Wayanad
Date: November 13, 2019 … Altitude: about 700 m (2,300 ft) asl
Tibouchina urvilleana  (DC.) Cogn.

what a nice shade and rare color. must be peaceful to sit there


Mahabaleshwar, MH :: Tibouchina urvilleana :: ARK2020-086 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5) – around 900 kb each.

Tibouchina urvilleana.
Seen these beautiful flowers in a resort in Mahabaleshwar, MH in March 2020.


Flower for Id -ID11032021SH1: 1 image.
Flower for Id pl. Is it Tibouchina ? Glory Bush ?
Location – Brought from a nursery in Pune
Date – March 2021

Yes, as per images at Tibouchina urvilleana (Cultivated)


plant Identification: 1 docx file.
please help me identify the cultivated plant genus Tibouchina Melastomataceae family.
Location Manipur
Date of Collection 31 December 2023

This is


Plant identification: 1 docx file.
Please help me to identify the genus Tribouchina Melastomataceae family

Location Manipur 
Date of collection 31 December 2023
Habit cultivated

This is


Tibouchina sp? enroute Mallai Falls Karnataka- PKA8: 2 images.

This one is cultivated one.
Location: Enroute Mallai falls, Karnataka.

Looks like some Tibouchina sp?

Pleroma semidecandrum (Schrank & Mart. ex DC.) Triana  syn : Tibouchina semidecandra (Schrank & Mart. ex DC.) Cogn. ???

Check with Tibouchina mutabalis.

I feel it should be white cultivar/ variant of



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