Plant for id 241210MK1:

Please help to id this subshrub found at Kodaikanal. I have not seen any flowers of this.


06-11-2010 / 11:20 AM

Location- Place, Altitude, GP

ca.2200asl; Kodaikanal, TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-

wild; near water stream

Plant Habit-

sub shrub


ca. 1 M

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

10 x 3 cm

Inflorescence Type/ Size-

not observed

Plant belonging to the family Melastomataceae ??

leaves tells so.

Could this be a species of Pouzolzia (Urticaceae) ????

Or a Pilea sp. from the same family?

It is Melastomaceae.
but express inabilities to identify genus without flower.
but guess may be Osbeckia or Melastoma

I agree with …
The leaves here seem to be ternate. So my guess is Osbeckia stellata.

To me it looks like Pouzolzia bennettiana a very variable species.

Yes Sir, this is Pouzolzia bennettiana, rightly said by …

Picture or information about the flower could be helpful in confirming the id.

I think this species is Melastoma malabathricum L., common in hills of Peninsular India and NE. India.
I could also be a species of Osbeckia.

For confirmation of the genus, we need to know the nature of stamens. In Melastoma the stamens are unequal in size, whereas in Osbeckia the stamens are equal in size.
Further fruits burst irregularly in Melastoma and open by pores at apex in Osbeckia.

Sorry, this is Pouzolzia (Urticaceae) species. This is edible herb in Arunachal and parts of Assam.

This is another plant which has been a subject of considerable speculation, with some members suggesting it to be a member Melastomataceae (Melastoma or Osbeckia), others suggesting it as Poulzolzia. In absence of flowers it becomes difficult, and the leaves look pretty close to both, but Melastomataceae clearly excluded as stipules are clearly seen, not seen in this family.
To me this plant again appears Poulzolzia hirta. This agrees with …, who identified it with P. bennettiana, now considered as synonym of P. hirta var. hirta.

I agree with … as this is Pouzolzia and Poulzolzia hirta is a possible id, I think. This species seems to show variation from place to place.


I am sorry for the very late reply. This shrub was not flowering at that time of photography (November). If I visit the place again, I shall notice the flower and anthers too. This plant seems very much erect and only a revisit could solve the identity. Many thanks for all.