Osbeckia aspera (L.) Blume, Bijdr. 220. 1825 (syn: (≡) Melastoma asperum L. (basionym); (=) Osbeckia wightiana Benth. ex Wight & Arn.); 
 
os-BEK-ee-a — Named for Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist … Dave’s Botanary
AS-per-uh — rough … Dave’s Botanary 

commonly known asrough osbeckiarough small-leaved spider flower • Malayalamകാട്ടുകദളി kaattukadali • Tamil:காட்டுக்கடலை kattu-k-kadalai 


Native to: s India, Sri Lanka
 

Erect shrubs; branchlets more or less pubescent with appressed to spreading hairs. Leaves 3.5-9 x 1.5-3.2 cm, elliptic-lanceolate, base attenuate, acute to shortly acuminate at apex, basally 5-ribbed, more or less pubescent with appressed short hairs on both sides, drying yellowish-green; petiole to 1 cm long. Flowers c. 2 cm across, in terminal cymes, sometimes elongated clusters, pentamerous. Calyx tube 6-8 mm long, c. 5 mm wide, cupular, with dense short bristle-like hairs; lobes 5, oblong, obtuse. Petals 5, pink, 1-1.5 x 0.8-1 cm, ovate, apex rounded. Stamens 10; anthers 5-6 mm long. Ovary hairy at apex; style exserted, 1.25-1.5 cm long; stigma curved, papillate. Capsules 0.8-1 x 0.6-0.7 cm, ovoid, ribbed. Seeds many.

Flowering and fruiting: August-April
Evergreen forests and grasslands, also in the plains
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(From India Biodiversity Portal 

Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)


 

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Eravikulam National Park
Date: June 4, 2014 Base elevation: 2000m asl 
Osbeckia aspera (L.) Blume … (family: Melastomataceae)


 

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Osbeckia aspera (L.) Blume … family: Melastomataceae or a.k.a. Melastomaceae

os-BEK-ee-a — Named for Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist … Dave’s Botanary
AS-per-uh — rough … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asrough osbeckiarough small-leaved spider flower • Malayalamകാട്ടുകദളി kaattukadali • Tamil:காட்டுக்கடலை kattu-k-kadalai 
botanical namesOsbeckia aspera (L.) Blume … synonymsMelastoma asperum L. • Osbeckia wightiana Benth. ex Wight & Arn. …NPGS / GRIN Show trimmed content

Lovely closeup.. thanks for sharing …


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