Osbeckia parvifolia Arn., Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 308 1837. ;
Malayalam Cherukadhali


A prostrate to ascending herb or suffrutex. Stems laxly villous with purplish or brownish to yellowish spreading hairs. Leaves elliptic, 1-6 x 0.8-3 cm, basally rounded to obtuse with a 1-6 mm long petiole, acute at the apex, generally 3 or sometimes 5-nerved, rather densely pubescent with long hairs on both sides. Flowers few or several in rather loose clusters, pedicelled, tetramerous or occasionally pentamerous. Hypanthium 2-4 mm wide, with a rather lax cover of purplish or brownish to yellowish long hairs and stellate emergences; intersepalar emergences stellate with several long bristles. Sepals triangular-ovate, 2-4 mm long, apically with bristles as in intersepalar emergences, persistent in fruit. Petals 5-11 mm long, pink to mauve. Anthers ovate-oblong, obtuse, 2-4 mm long, not or only slightly twisted. Ovary apically with many erect bristles.

Flowering and fruiting: November-December
Moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
South India and Sri Lanka


Kemmangundi Road Karnataka
Date: 13 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1021 – 1369 m (3349 – 4491 ft) asl
Osbeckia octandra DC. … (family: Melastomataceae) 


ANJAN04/04 Osbeckia octandra L. : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)

Family: Melastomataceae
Date: 30th December 2015
Place: Kottigehara, Chikkamagaluru District, Karnataka

Habit: Herb
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest

This is not Osbeckia octandra, it is different from it…

Thank you sir. I brought a specimen back with me and keyed it out with Gamble. Please help resolve the species in this case.

Images of Osbeckia species so far in efi 

I am narrowing your search. Osbeckia virgata (which you call O. octandra following Gamble) will have bristly hairs on different parts and the inflorescences will be terminal cymes as seen in the images, and then there is O. parvifolia which will have simple hairs on stem and the flowers will be in terminal clusters. Now decide yourself. Seems to referable to the former.

As you say, I too feel it must be the former.

O. parvifolia
it having 4 or 5 petals.
flower color is changed due to some other reason.
other characters are same.


efloraindia: 141011 BRS64:
Pl. find the attached file contain a photo for id. request.

Date/Time-Location- 07.10.2011
Place, Altitude, GPS- Munnar (Kerala) 1800 MSL
Habitat- Urban
Plant Habit- Herb

Can it be Osbeckia stellata ?


Images by Prashant Awale, Identified by Gurumurthi Hegde & E.S. Santhosh Kumar (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


Osbeckia parviflora — at Karnataka – PKA- Feb -16 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.

Seen this small herb (10 to 15cm in height) in Mullayagiri – Baba Budan giri region (Karnataka).
Bot. name: Osbeckia parviflora
Family: Melastomataceae
Date/Time: 27-01-2014 / 11:15AM
Habitat: Wild
Thanks to … for ID..

.. You mean Osbeckia parvifolia Arn. (= O. cupularis D. Don ex Wight & Arn.) ?

Yes, U r right. Thanks for correction..

Yes it is Osbeckia parvifolia



Melastoma malabarica from Chikamagalur Mullayaingiri Road-GS12022022-2: 5 high res. images.
Melastoma malabarica photographed from Chikamagalur Mullayaingiri Road, 26-9-2015;

This appears close to images at Osbeckia parvifolia Arn.

Looks much different from images at Melastoma malabathricum

Agree with …

Thanks a lot …, you are right