Osbeckia gracilis Bedd., Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 3, 1: 45. 1864 (Syn: Osbeckia sublaevis Cogn. in A. & C. DC.; Osbeckia lineolata Gamble; Osbeckia lineolata Gamble var. anamalayana Giri & M.P. Nayar) as per Kerala plants & Melnet;
commonly known as: slender osbeckia • Kannada: ಸಣ್ಣ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ sanna nekkare • Malayalam: ചെറിയ കലദി cheriya kalathi • Tamil: சிறுகடலை chiru-katalai
Names compiled / updated at https://dineshvalke.blogspot.com/2023/12/osbeckia-gracilis-bedd.html

Stout shrubs; branches glaucous, glabrous. Leaves to 3.5 x 2 cm, elliptic-oblong, obtuse at apex and base, cuspidate, yellowish green, densely covered with half-adnated hairs spreading from midrib, 3-ribbed; petiole 3 mm long. Flowers in terminal cymes, pedicelled; calyx tube 7 mm long, densely simple-hairy, lobes 4 x 3 mm, ovate-oblong, obtuse, ciliate; petals 15 x 12 mm, obovate, ciliate, pink; anthers 5 mm long.

Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Moist deciduous and shola forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


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

O. lineolata now synonym under O. gracilis


via Species‎ > ‎O‎ >

Lovely closeup.. thanks for sharing …

Images by Subhanjan Kayet (Id help by ES Santhosh Kumar) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


Osbeckia sp for id request : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Taken on 6 october 2015,
Place Munnar, Kerala
Petals dark purple.
Osbeckia sp?

Probably Osbeckia lineolata?

yes O. lineolata. but now synonym under O. gracilis


Images of Osbeckia aspera in FOI are of Osbeckia gracilis as per details herein.

Thanks very much … for pointing to the correct ID. Will soon correct my notes at flickr.

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Osbeckia gracilis
Eravikulam WLSnear Munnar, Kerala, in the Nilgiris. First week of October 2018

love it esp the habitat picture. says so much


Names of Plants in India :: Osbeckia gracilis Bedd:

os-BEK-ee-a — named for Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist … Dave’s Botanary
GRASS-il-is — graceful; slender … Dave’s Botanarycommonly known as: slender osbeckia • Kannada: ಸಣ್ಣ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ sanna nekkare • Malayalam: ചെറിയ കലദി cheriya kalathi • Tamil: சிறுகடலை chiru-katalai

botanical namesOsbeckia gracilis Bedd. … heterotypic synonymsOsbeckia lineolata Gamble • Osbeckia sublaevia Cogn. … and more at POWO, retrieved 31 December 2023

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~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
written and spoken widely, in most parts of India
slender osbeckia
  • name coined, for want of name, by Flowers of India, retrieved December 31, 2024
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
written in: Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ) … spoken in: Karnataka
ಸಣ್ಣ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ sanna nekkare
  • name coined, for want of name; ಸಣ್ಣ sanna = small, or slender; ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ nekkare = name given to Melastoma malabathricum L.
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
written in: Malayalam (മലയാളം) … spoken in: Kerala
ചെറിയ കലദി cheriya kalathi
  • name coined, for want of name; ചെറിയ cheriya = small, or slender; കലദി kalathi = name given to Melastoma malabathricum L.
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
written in: Tamil (தமிழ்) … spoken in: Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
சிறுகடலை chiru-katalai
  • name coined, for want of name; சிறு chiru = small, or slender; கடலை katalai = name given to Melastoma malabathricum L.
Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu; endemic
~~~~~ Last updated: 31-12-2023 ~~~~~

Both Malayalam and English spellings are correct


Tamil name for Osbeckia gracilis Bedd.:

Please help check a Tamil name that I propose for Osbeckia gracilis Bedd. …
சிறுகடலை chiru-katalai
சிறு chiru = small, or slender; கடலை katalai = a name given to Melastoma malabathricum L.
Above Tamil name given on same lines as those of Kannada and Malayalam for Osbeckia gracilis Bedd. …
ಸಣ್ಣ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ sanna nekkare
ಸಣ್ಣ sanna = small, or slender; ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ nekkare or ನೆಕ್ಕರಿಕ nekkarika =  a name given to Melastoma malabathricum L.
ചെറിയ കലദി cheriya kalathi
ചെറിയ cheriya = small, or slender; കലദി kalathi = name given to Melastoma malabathricum L

The choice of the Tamil name and the spelling look good to me.





Kerala plants Melnet  The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI  Flora of Karnataka  India Biodiversity Portal  Kerala plants  Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha (2004- Details with keys)

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