Sonerila devicolamensis M.P.Nayar, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 71(3): 632 (1974 publ. 1976). ;
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Suberect herbs; stem in the lower portions subangular, rooting at the nodes, upper portions terete, reddish, conspicuous with leaf scars, thick and fleshy. Leaves opposite, 3-6 x 1.5-3 cm, ovate or ovate-elliptic, base obtuse or narrowly cuneate, apex acute, leaf margin from base to apex conspicuously serrate, upper and lower surfaces glabrous, 5-nerved, nerves arising from the apex of the petiole, transverse venules absent; petiole 1-2.5 cm long, thick and reddish. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, 4-8 cm long, glabrous, reddish, pedicel 4-8 mm long. Calyx tube campanulate, 7-10 mm long, glabrous, reddish; limb 3-lobed, lobes triangular, 2.5-3 mm long. Petals 3, ovate-elliptic, 1.3-1.5 x 1-1.2 cm, apex apiculate, pink. Stamens 3, filament 6-7 mm long, anthers 5.5-6 mm long, base cordate, connective, inappendiculate. Style filiform, 1.2-1.3 cm long, glabrous, stigma punctiform. Capsule obconical 1-1.5 cm long, glabrous; pedicel 1-1.3 cm long; seeds cuneate, 1 mm long, numerous.
Grasslands
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
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Sonerila speciosa : 12 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)
Sonerila speciosa
Eravikulam WLSnear Munnar, Kerala, in the Nilgiris
First week of October 2018

love it. esp the last habit picture with the flower stalk standing tall, above all.


Most probably Sonerila devicolamensis


Thanks, Santhosh ji.
But these look different from images at Sonerila devicolamensis M.P.Nayar ? as per discussions herein.
May I request you to pl. have a look pl.

Ok, I will check.

Looks different from images of Sonerila speciosa at Flowers of India
http://plantillustrations.org/species.php?id_species=1233538


Sonerila devicolamensis


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Plant for id Kerala Picture resized : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)

Please identify it.
Taken in october 1st week 2015, Munnar, Kerala


… just guessing – any member of Melastomataceae ?


Yes ..My opinion is Sonerila sp.

Can be S scapigera


images of Sonerila scapigera – seems to match.


Sonerila devicolamensis M.P. Nayar


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Sonerila pulneyensis on FOI looks similar to Sonerila devicolamensis M.P.Nayar in efi.
On searching on net, I am unable to decide based on the two pdfs I got as below, which are related to these:
Rediscovery of Sonerila devicolamensis Nayar (Melastomataceae), an endemic, endangered species of the Western Ghats.  KPD Kumary, E.S. SANTHOSH KUMAR, A G Pandurangan (Abstract: Sonerila devicolamensis Nayar, an endemic species of the Southern Western Ghats, is rediscovered from its type locality after its description. Detailed description and illustration is provided, based on the fresh collection.)
Sonerila sreenarayaniana (Melastomataceae), a new species from Kerala, India. By C.N. Sunil, V.V. Naveen Kumar and T.S Rajeev- International Journal of Advanced Research (2014), Volume 2, Issue 3, 701-704-  (Abstract: Sonerila sreenarayaniana C.N. Sunil, Naveen Kumar and Rajeev, a new species from Melastomataceae collected from the evergreen forest of Pooyamkutty area of Ernakulam District, Kerala, India is described. The species is allied to S. devicolamensis Nayar but differs from it in having 4- angled stem with densely clothed brown peltate scales, penninerved, glandular bristly, larger leaf lamina and longer petiole, smaller calyx lobes, petals, filaments, anthers and style.)
May I request to have a look and advise pl.

The photos uploaded as S. devicolamensis in efloraofindia is exact. 

The second pdf you attached herewith is of S .sreenarayaniana….​

Thanks a lot, …
What about images at Sonerila pulneyensis on FOI ? Is the id correct here.

It seems so…

One described feature of Sonerila pulneyensis which doesn’t fully agree with the images here:
Flowers of India (retrieved 22Jan2018)

is that the inflorescence is supposed to be 5-flowered. In the images at FOI, I can see 7-flowered inflorescence.
Sonerila devicolamensis images at
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show 2-flowered inflorescence. In the descriptions of Sonerila devicolamensis I could find, somehow the size of the inflorescence is missing. Any clarification on how many flowers are typically there in an inflorescence of Sonerila devicolamensis, will be welcome.


Sonerila pulneyensis in FOI and S.devicolamensis in efi are more or less same species and I believe FOI image is S. devicolamensis or S.nemakadensis? Both these species are closely related and specimens are needed for confirmation. But the sharply dentate leaf margins suggest for S.nemakadensis…. I will be coming up with further details later


 

 


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References: The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI  GBIFspecimen  Flora of Peninsular India JSTOR (Specimen) India Biodiversity Portal  Kerala plants  IBIS Flora
Rediscovery of Sonerila devicolamensis Nayar (Melastomataceae), an endemic, endangered species of the Western Ghats.  KPD Kumary, E.S. SANTHOSH KUMAR, A G Pandurangan (Abstract: Sonerila devicolamensis Nayar, an endemic species of the Southern Western Ghats, is rediscovered from its type locality after its description. Detailed description and illustration is provided, based on the fresh collection.) 

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